The fascinating inside story of Lord Edward Montagu, one of England's most controversial and iconic aristocrats.
As the youngest Member of Parliament and sole heir to his family's 7,000-acre English estate, Lord Edward Montagu's life was one of riches and privilege. However, in 1954, Edward Montagu, then aged 25, became England's most infamous aristocrat when he was arrested for homosexual offences and became the focus of a landmark trial known as 'The Montagu Case'.
His guilty verdict sent shock waves through British society and became the catalyst to overturn a centuries old law. Edward’s once pristine reputation and career were all but ruined. After serving a year in prison, Montagu re-emerged into the spotlight when he boldly transformed his private estate and family home into a public tourist attraction in a bid to save it from financial ruin.
Creating Britain's first motor museum, he pioneered a new form of tourism known as 'the stately home business'. His showmanship and success inspired a new breed of aristocrats to open their doors to the public and transformed Edward Montagu into a prominent national figure.
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