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Wellington: A Personal History

Hibbert, Christopher

Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 1998
ISBN 10: 0586091092 / ISBN 13: 9780586091098
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Titel: Wellington: A Personal History

Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, United Kingdom

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

Einband: paperback

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A bestseller in hardback, this is a highly-praised and much-needed biography of the first Duke of Wellington, concentrating on the personal life of the victor of Waterloo, and based on the fruits of modern research. Christopher Hibbert is Britain?s leading popular historian.

Wellington (1769?1852) achieved fame as a soldier fighting the Mahratta in India. His later brilliant generalship fighting the French in Spain and his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo earned him a dukedom and the award of Apsley House (No. 1, London) and a large estate in Hampshire.

His second career saw him make his mark as a politician with commanding presence. Appointed Commander-in-Chief for life, he became Prime Minister in 1827 and presided over the emancipation of Roman Catholics and the formation of the country?s first police force.

Privately, he was unhappily married, and had several mistresses (including two of Napoleon?s) and many intimate friendships with women. The private side of the public man has never been so richly delineated as in this masterly biography.


Christopher Hibbert?s masterly biography richly delineates the private side of the man who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, subsequently became Prime Minister and was described by Queen Victoria as ?the greatest man this century ever produced?.

Wellington first achieved fame as a soldier in India. His later victories against the French earned him a dukedom, an estate in Hampshire and Apsley House (No. 1, Piccadilly) in London. Appointed Commander-in-Chief for life, he became Prime Minister in 1827, was an influential adviser to King George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria and presided over the emancipation of Roman Catholics and the formation of the country?s first police force. Unhappily married, he enjoyed many intimate friendships with women, and delighted in involving himself in other people?s affairs.

Christopher Hibbert?s lively and meticulously researched account was a bestseller in hardback, and was highly praised by the critics.

?A sympathetic and extremely engaging study of this complicated and paradoxical hero ? Hibbert is one of England?s greatest living historical writers, and reading anything by him is pure pleasure. 'Wellington' should be enjoyed and savoured.?
AMANDA FOREMAN, 'Independent'

?Hibbert has proved himself over a long career as a distinguished and popular historian to be a master portraitist of great men?s private lives, and his Wellington is depicted in scores of captivating vignettes deftly built into a convincing and satisfying picture.?

?Hibbert marshals his material with exemplary skill and elegance, and he has produced a supremely accomplished biography.?

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