He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'. He went to Oxford University at the age of 12
He slept with his first prostitute at 13
He was an alcoholic by 14
He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18
He was acclaimed a war hero at 19
He died of syphilis at the age of 33 He was English history's first celebrity. He was John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester: Poet, dandy and libertine. BLAZING STAR is a compelling portrait of a remarkable and complex man, and of a cultural golden age that often spilled over into depravity.