Born as Arthur Wellesley in 1769, he was seen by his parents as the underachiever of the family, and was thrown on to the battlefield as 'food for powder'. He made his reputation in the bloody conflicts at Assaye in India and the fearsome battles of the Peninsular War, and returned from his famous victory at Waterloo a hero. In England and France, beautiful women swarmed around Wellington, who enjoyed the new adulation that his much-vaunted success brought. Yet his marriage to Kitty Pakenham endured, and when Kitty became ill, he did not leave her side until her death.
In 1828, George IV appointed Wellington Prime Minister. Despite being responsible for the Catholic emancipation of Ireland, however, the Duke was ultimately forced to resign, and the Tory parliament was dissolved.
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