Here is a good summation from Lenora at The Haunted Palace of the infamous Hell Fire Club. Were they just spoiled rich boys having a devilish good time? Were they truly occultists with a dark twist? Were they hiding a political or philosophical agenda challenging the norm of their time?
I saw the picture of Emma Peel and did not realize that there was an episode of The Avengers that centered on the Hell Fire Club in a modern adaptation, which had parts that were censured in both the US and UK. I found the entire episode called A Touch of Brimstone which unfortunately has lots of commercials one cannot skip but which is still entertaining. Enjoy!
London 1721: The King uncovers Satanism in High Society
On the 28 April 1721 the London Gazette reported on the Governments attempts to quash the nefarious activities of a group of young persons, both men and women, drawn from the cream of society, whose outrageously irreligious behaviour was thought to be causing moral anarchy and endangering the very fabric of society. Although not named directly, the main target of the King and the government’s legislation was the notorious Hell-Fire Club.
His Majesty have received Information, which gives great Reason to suspect that there have lately been and still are, in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, certain scandalous Clubs or Societies of young Persons who meet together, and in the most impious and blasphemous Manner insult the most sacred Principles of Holy Religion, affront Almighty God himself, and corrupt the Minds and Morals of one another;
London Gazette, 28th April 1721
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