By Carol Baxter
In 1829 on the superb court docket in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New was once sentenced to demise. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of revealed French silk. yet was once she in charge? Many had their doubts.
Although a felony technicality quickly quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her unfastened. Like bees to the honey pot, the gents of Sydney swarmed to Jane's defence together with barrister and political agitator William Charles Wentworth and ultimate courtroom Registrar John Stephen Jr, who have been either energetic and manipulative of their appeals to set her free.
An impossible to resist Temptation is determined opposed to the backdrop of a very divisive interval in colonial New South Wales. not just did the scandal titillate Sydney and its felony and political ramifications push the colony to the threshold of a constitutional problem, however it contributed to the savagery of Governor Darling's public vilification and bestowed upon Jane New a spot within the annals of Australian colonial history.
Compelling and fast moving, An impossible to resist Temptation is a meticulously researched historical past that takes us from the courtroom docks of industrialising England, to Tasmania's uncooked penal payment, the rough-house international of Sydney's Rocks and finally again to the rarefied surroundings of england' condo of Commons.
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