Salisbury: Victorian Titan

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More Details Original Title. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. Wolfson History Prize Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.

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Sort order. Nov 04, Luke rated it it was amazing. Pure brilliance. Roberts has wrote a masterly biography - not dwelling too much on anything, yet not leaving anything unexplained. This will surely set a benchmark for good biographies for me - surely, surely. Roberts has done justice to one of the greatest giants of British politics who is often forgotten and often marginalised. He shouldn't be and Roberts certainly rehabilitates him. Salisbury himself was a great man. He is now forgotten because he did little other than maintain and allow organ Pure brilliance.

He is now forgotten because he did little other than maintain and allow organic growth. This shouldn't be the case.

This ought to be celebrated. He maintained an Empire that arguably would've became over extended and even entangled in a web of alliances that caused the Great War a lot earlier - Salisbury did not buy into the romantic nonsense that some pushed. He fought against wholesale democracy for logical reasoning - that the majority would punish the minority, as they do. Him and Balfour introduced the Crimes Bill that kept Ireland a lot more peaceful than what it would've been under Gladstone, and his prevention of Home Rule was justified and entirely in keeping with his Tory values, as well as maintaining the traditional institutions that, as Roberts notes, have been spoiled and wrecked.

The fact that he introduced free elementary education and compensation for workers in accidents shows his strain of compassion that he clearly felt, as he did for the Christian Turkish. Why has he been forgotten?

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Because the men that followed willed it. But I won't forget him, and with Roberts' biography, I certainly won't forget him. May he rest peacefully in the Next World, and I expect he looks upon us with disgrace. We are indeed a 'dying nation' and we too have seemed to pick the wrong horse - we didn't pick the non-aligned horse that Salisbury demonstrated maintained the balance of power.

I can only recommend this biography. Jul 30, Sarah Harkness rated it really liked it Shelves: nelly , biographical.

It took a long time, but it was well worth the read I picked this book up because I was fascinated by the references to Salisbury's character in Margaret Macmillan's "The War that ended the Peace' and Roberts' masterly scholarship brought him to life. He was an extraordinary personality, a Titan indeed, he served as Prime Minister for nearly 14 years, making him one of the longest serving Premiers this country has ever seen.

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Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Salisbury: Victorian Titan. Description Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, masterminded the campaigns, alliances, treaties and pageantries which brought the British Empire to its zenith in terms of power and prestige.


Prime Minister for all but four years between and , it was he who, from his Jacobean palace at Hatfield, co-ordinated the subtly interlocking policies over five continents and a quarter of the globe.