The Disgraceful Duke is #56 in the Bantam series and was published in February 1977. It is the story of Shimona who hires herself to pose as the bride of the nephew of the Duke of Ravenstone in order to help him gain his inheritance. It gives her a chance to gain some money to provide for her ailing actor father. Could love be in the wings?
Francis Marshall paints a vivid picture of our couple as they flee a fire in the mansion. Shimona holds a baby and the Duke is going to help her escape down the ladder. It is a striking illustration and you can almost feel the heat of the flames. I have always enjoyed this book and illustration!
In London in the 1800's, fire stations were available and people paid a yearly payment to ensure their services if necessary. In the country, people had to be vigilant on their own for fires.