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Wellington: Pillar of State

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The Duke of Wellington's years of the sword ended abruptly while he was still in his prime. Weeping for the dead of Waterloo, he prayed he had fought his last battle. So he had; it might be supposed that the rest of his career would prove to be one long aftermath. Yet such was the power of this extraordinary man to propel himself into the path of great events that the second half of his active life was as eventful as the first--and, as a subjective story that rocketed between the zenith and the nadir of fortune, it was unique. If he was indeed the Iron Duke, it was iron which had been returned again and again to the fire.Wellington was in one sense a ready-made "Pillar of State" for the new Europe. During the first years after Waterloo he was the ruler of occupied France in all but name. When he returned to his native land he was full of good resolutions to be a public servant rather than a Tory party politician. But the tragedies of Peterloo and the Cato Street Conspiracy, followed by the rowdyism of Queen Caroline's trial, quickly alienated him from the parties of change and welded him to that of law and order. He spent the next twenty-five years discovering that repression is not enough.

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Author(s):
Longford, Elizabeth
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1972
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
472
Publisher:
BCA
Title:
Wellington: Pillar of State

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The Duke of Wellington's years of the sword ended abruptly while he was still in his prime. Weeping for the dead of Waterloo, he prayed he had fought his last battle. So he had; it might be supposed that the rest of his career would prove to be one long aftermath. Yet such was the power of this extraordinary man to propel himself into the path of great events that the second half of his active life was as eventful as the first--and, as a subjective story that rocketed between the zenith and the nadir of fortune, it was unique. If he was indeed the Iron Duke, it was iron which had been returned again and again to the fire.Wellington was in one sense a ready-made "Pillar of State" for the new Europe. During the first years after Waterloo he was the ruler of occupied France in all but name. When he returned to his native land he was full of good resolutions to be a public servant rather than a Tory party politician. But the tragedies of Peterloo and the Cato Street Conspiracy, followed by the rowdyism of Queen Caroline's trial, quickly alienated him from the parties of change and welded him to that of law and order. He spent the next twenty-five years discovering that repression is not enough.

Author(s):
Longford, Elizabeth
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1972
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
472
Publisher:
BCA
Title:
Wellington: Pillar of State

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