Wellington: A Personal History
The Duke of Wellington's funeral in 1852, attended by monarchs and statesmen from all over the world, was a superb piece of pageantry as well as the end of an era. "Since the Duke's death", wrote Charles Greville in his diary five weeks later, "I have nothing worth writing about". A brilliant general, remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence. Elected Prime Minister in 1827, he was an influential adviser to King George IV, William IV, and Queen Victoria, and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time, delighting in mixing himself up in other people's affairs. Wellington's public achievements are of lasting significance, but the private man has never been so richly delineated as in Christopher Hibbert's masterly new biography. Celebrated for his sardonic humor, curt comments, and savage rages alternating with irresistible charm, Wellington concealed a deep humanity behind a veneer of hard and intimidating aloofness with strangers and undesired acquaintances that gained him the sobriquet, "the Iron Duke". Unhappily married, he took great pleasure in female company, and enjoyed numerous innocent flirtations as well as adulterous and torrid liaisons, and long and platonic friendships with actresses and courtesans, duchesses, and ladies of fashion.
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A nice biography by Christopher Hibbert. Although Hibbert disclaims any "in depth" coverage of Wellington's military and political careers, most readers should find what he offers more than sufficient ... Read full review
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