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Wellington A Personal History PDF/EPUB ↠ Wellington


Wellington A Personal History ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Wellington A Personal History Author Christopher Hibbert – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 kings A brilliant general remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence Elected Prime Minister in he was an influential adviser to kings and ueens and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time delighting in mixing himself up in other people’s affairs Celebrated for his sardonic humor and savage rages which alternated with irresistible charm he concealed a deep Wellington A eBook µ humanity behind a veneer of aloofness that gained him the sobriuet “the Iron Duke” Filled with fresh insights on aspects of Wellington’s life and character Christopher Hibbert has shown once again why he is one of our finest popular historians.

  • Paperback
  • 500 pages
  • Wellington A Personal History
  • Christopher Hibbert
  • English
  • 03 May 2014
  • 9780738201481

About the Author: Christopher Hibbert

Christopher Hibbert MC FRSL FRGS March December was an English writer historian and biographer He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books including Disraeli Edward VII George IV The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Cavaliers and RoundheadsDescribed by Professor Sir John Plumb as a writer of the highest ability and in the N.



10 thoughts on “Wellington A Personal History

  1. David Beeson David Beeson says:

    Britain has produced few outstanding generals The late eighteenth century and early nineteenth were no exceptions In fact British policy tended to focus on sea power and when it came to war on land use its money to pay other people to provide armies to do the fighting for usThat makes it all the remarkable that in one man Wellington Britain produced an unusually successful general one who never lost a battleThat statement needs ualifying however He came extremely close – perilously close – to losing one the biggest of his career Waterloo As he admitted himself ’ it has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life’ Some extraordinary mistakes by Napoleon and poor leadership by subordinates on the field itself combined with the sheer determination of the Prussians to get there in time to play a decisive role turned what might have been calamitous defeat into a victory that gave Wellington the glorious reputation that he has held ever sinceIn any case his military career was by no means his only career Christopher Hibbert does an excellent job of tracing Wellington’s continued endeavours first as a diplomat as the victorious powers decided the fate and map of Europe for at least the next generation and then as a politician culminating in his taking office as British Prime MinisterWhat emerges is a man firmly stuck with the ideas and outlook of the environment in which he grew up in which only the elite in society was ualified for leadership and power whether in government or the military Wellington looked after his men but only insofar as it was necessary to maintain them as an effective fighting force; as people he never disguised his contempt for them And they responded in kind for instance by behaving with vicious brutality in many of the cities they captured in SpainIn later life as a politician he continued with this dismissive attitude towards the common people resisting any move to extend their rights and reacting with violence to action to advance their interests or threaten the privileges of the class to which he belongedHe was despite that much loved and revered Indeed he often displayed generosity especially towards children Sometimes however he could be hard and unjust His wife discovered that in the most painful way while Wellington loved many women even taking over a mistress or two of Napoleon’s he uickly fell out of love with his own wife whom he treated badly In other words he was a mixture of many parts Often brilliant generous even endearing he could also be insufferably superior harsh and ruthless A man of many sides soldier diplomat or politician generous loving kind and cruel he emerges from this fine biography painted with all the complexity he deserves All that Christopher Hibbert captures wellOn the other hand there were moments when I could have done with a little less Hibbert makes it clear that his book is a ‘personal history’ but I felt there was than enough – for my taste – on such matters as Wellington’s portraits and his views of the men who painted them That however is my taste and others might well particularly enjoy this private side of the life of a public manIn any case overall I found the biography absorbing and informative

  2. Adam Adam says:

    This biography of the Duke of Wellington is very readable As its title suggests it does concentrate on describing the Duke's personality So if you are looking for detailed descriptions of battles which I was NOT then this book might disappoint Hibbert's book gives a brilliant overview of the life of a man who was both Britain's hero and occasionally anti hero He was regarded as being the saviour of Europe having helped to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo along with his allies the Prussians Although a highly significant victory it was a nail bitingly close thing What Wellington achieved at Waterloo was to make him a national hero a man whose opinions in many aspects of British political life were both sought and often followedWith conservative small 'C' political views Wellington played a major part in British politics under several monarchs until his death Like Napoleon he was popular with women but maybe in a less physical way many of whom became his close confidantes The one woman whom he did not usually consider a great blessing in his life was his adoring faithful wife Much of this well documented biography of Wellington is based on what his contemporaries wrote about him Their views were often very perceptive Hibbert makes excellent use of these sources and many others to paint a very colourful portrait of a man who often posed for portrait artists and was at least as much a hero as Winston Churchill was to become The resulting biography is both a good intoduction to the life of Wellington and a joy to read

  3. Geoff Boxell Geoff Boxell says:

    An interesting book that explores the personal side of Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington If you are looking for details of his military actions or even a detailed account of his political life find another biographyThere are many interesting sides to the life of this extraordinary man his disastrous marriage which he stayed in his preference for the company and conversation of intelligent women his wonderful report with children his at times ridiculous generosity in time and money his inability to apologise which he compensated later by an act of kindness; these and so much Unlike other biographies I have on Wellington which give details of his public actions after reading this I feel I have really got to know the man behind the public mask As ueen Victoria wrote “He was the GREATEST man this country ever produced and the most devoted and loyal subject and the staunchest supporter the Crown ever had” her capitals and italicsA recommended read

  4. Simon Simon says:

    A really first rate scholarly fascinating personalised account of this great general and great Irish Englishman I loved it and as a result I rather love Wellington himself My first Hibbert whom along with Andrew Roberts I enjoy tremendously

  5. Джордан Джордан says:

    The book was wonderful up until he defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo then the Duke became something of a bore With the exception of his duel and counter revolutionary activities there was nothing much to comment upon

  6. Rob Markley Rob Markley says:

    Did not do a good job with this wasn't fun to read and didn't have anything to say

  7. N.J. Slater N.J. Slater says:

    Excellent read giving a much needed insight into his post military life

  8. David Kinnamon David Kinnamon says:

    fair

  9. Colin Colin says:

    In this 200th year since the battle of Waterloo many people in the UK certainly and probably in other countries will have been reminded of the protagonists and something of what the battle was about and most of those would already be aware that the man who came out on top was the Duke of Wellington I would advise that anyone wanting further details of the battle itself shouldn't bank on this book providing them as there is comparatively very little coverage in this book The reason is that there is so much to get through in the life of Wellington The book is by no means a particularly sympathetic account of his life it is a bit Cromwell ish warts and all As I made my very enjoyable progress through it though I found that there was so much to him than I for one thought We follow him through childhood a uite privileged one and like uite a few other household heroic names he does not show particular promise at school Once into adulthood though things uickly start to get going for him with a rapid rise through the ranks of the army in amongst an entry into public life leading to something else I didn't know that he was a member of parliament as well as the commander of forces at Waterloo In domestic life he seems to have married the woman he did for some reason best known to himself and the author as it is far from a match made in heaven He seems to be ashamed of his wife and is rather brutal in her treatment of her not physically but he seems to view her as a rather inefficient subordinate She must have been aware of the numerous lady friends and confidantes that he gathers over the years in the same way that their husbands must have been but this seems to have been accepted by all concerned As mentioned already the military aspect of his life doesn't seem to last long in terms of this book and we accompany Wellington as he is transformed into a National Treasure the 'go to' person for any and all emergency or situation in the country in the early and mid 1800's He applies himself fully to this role spending years on senior roles in government including that of Prime Minister All the while his esteem grows and we can still see the results today wherever who might be reading this piece lives it's a fair bet that there is a Wellington Road Street or place not so far away In the meantime his wife passes away before him and he becomes reclusive and of course old and frail Deafness probably prevented an even longer career in public life and works than the one he had but there is no escape from the public adulation almost to the end he fends off invites and solicitations with letters sent to most of the people concerned that are polite but direct in his refusal to take part or subscribe to whatever they want of him We hear though that he carries a supply of coins and ribbons to give to the many people notably old soldiers who 'remember him from the old days' On the face of it this book might be viewed as of interest to historians only but I found it to be one that demonstrated how little we really know about historic figures and well worth a read

  10. Zac Zac says:

    The 25 pages I read were excruciating Terribly confusing with little context More descriptive than analytical Assumes reader has knowledge of time period and events that probably should be explained though I assume a British audience was intended so maybe they would have the reuisite knowledge Overly concerned with scandalous anecdotes of Wellington's upper class world while the writer had this annoying proclivity to inject wholly unnecessary descriptions of minor characters along the lines of Person A who was this noble and knew this other person who did this particular thing described Wellington's appearance as into the narrative

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