Books: Zion's Bagpiper

KING MOB (249 pp.)—Christopher Hibbert—World ($4.95).

"They were, and are, all mad." said Horace Walpole of the noble Gordon family. Perhaps the maddest of the lot was Lord George Gordon,* hero of this excellent study of a neglected piece of British history. He attained notoriety in childhood, dressed up as Cupid at a soiree, by shooting visiting King Stanislaus of Poland in the face with a silver arrow. Unfortunately, destiny cast George Gordon for the leading part in a far more horrendous 18th century shooting match.

After a stretch in the navy and in Parliament (he cozened the Scottish voters by dancing Highland...

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