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"The Most Decadent Book in the Realm"
No clergyman with those precise initials has ever been traced, and the exact identity of the author, or authors, remains a mystery. The tone of the work suggest a man of the cloth with a scientific bent, but it might equally well have been the creation of some enterprising Victorian pornographer keen to extract monies from erudite men and university libraries. What is certain is that he knew his subject. The actual author is the scholar, wine expert and author Peter Freeman, who specialises in historical and literary pastiches - particularly Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens - and is an expert on sexuality in the Victorian period. Joe Shepherd is an experienced illustrator of humour and adult comics.