This chapter is here called "The Revival of Cobbett."
Scott was merely sentimental about Mary Stuart, as he was about Charles Edward Stuart; he was singing "Will ye no' come back again?" to people who would have been a horrible nuisance to him if they had come back again. But Cobbett was not sentimental about Mary Tudor; he did solidly believe that with her the good times went; and he did really want them to return (p.80).
And in that stillness I have sometimes fancied I heard, tiny and infinitely far away, something like a faint voice hallooing and the sound of horse-hoofs that return.
From Cobbett's boyhood in the south of England, to expatriation in France, his residence in the United States and subsequent return to England, Chesterton masterfully illuminates the life, times and philosophy of this complex and important figure.
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Examining the life of a prominent political journalist, this definitive biography explores the impact of William Cobbett's career and legacy on English society. Showing how Cobbett was more than just a journalist, this study reveals often ignored aspects of Cobbett's life and personal philosophy, especially his actions to restore the life and culture of English rural life. The better known aspects of his long career-including his time in the British Army, his advocacy for Parliamentary reform, his imprisonment for treason, and his eventual Parliamentary seat after the passing of the 1832 Reform Act-are also documented. In total, this compelling and succinct account discusses the many achievements, consistent bravery, and humble demeanor of a passionate and principled historical figure.… (more)