by Elizabeth Longford


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Wellington, the Iron Duke, is one of the most famous military commanders of British history. This concise life by eminent biographer Elizabeth Longford looks at not only his Army career, but the full story of the man, from his childhood in Ireland, the sensitive younger son of an aristocratic family, through to his time as Prime Minister, and his death in 1852 at the age of eighty-three.

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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ISBN-13: 9780349123509
Publisher: Abacus Software
Publication date: 01/28/2012

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
1Food for Powder1
2All India5
3The Bridge Years, 1806-914
4Fortress Portugal24
5Into Spain34
6Into France43
7The Duchess of Richmond's Ball55
9Westminster Warriors89
10Right About Face118
11The Other Side of the Hill122

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billiecat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whoops! I thought I was getting the original, two-volume work, which Susannah Clarke noted as a useful source for her wonderful novel "Jonathan Strange & Dr. Norrell," in a single volume edition. I should have looked at the number of pages. Not having read Longford's original work, I won't venture to criticize it based on this far over-abridged edition, but I will warn anyone who is looking for more than a longish magazine article about the Iron Duke to stay away.