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Rosebery: A Biography of Archibald Philip,…

Rosebery: A Biography of Archibald Philip, Fifth Earl of Rosebery

by Robert Rhodes James

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Lord Rosebery was Gladstone's successor as leader of the Liberal party and PrimeMinister.Rhodes James has traced his story of rapid rise,his fatal defects of character,the series of cruel misfortunes;all of which brought him to premature old age and political oblivion.



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Archibald Primrose was the son of the Fourth Earl of Rosebery, and became the fifth to hold that title. He did not sit in the House of Lords, as he held this title from the Scottish peerage. He said he had three goals in life "To win the Derby {three of his horses did), to marry an heiress ( Hannah de Rothschild, Heir of the banking fortune), and to be Prime Minister, (1894 - 95). In spite of doing these things I did not find the man, or his achievements, to be of much interest. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 26, 2013 |
This is a well-written biography (the author was a parliamentary official) and is not over-encumbered with detail. The book can be enjoyed by those who, like me, have a limited knowledge of the period. ( )
  jcolvin | Oct 3, 2009 |
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