Late Lord: The Life of John Pitt (Hardback)
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Late Lord: The Life of John Pitt (Hardback)

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Hardback 269 Pages / Published: 11/01/2017
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John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham is one of the most enigmatic and overlooked figures of early nineteenth century British history. The elder brother of Pitt the Younger, he has long been consigned to history as 'the late Lord Chatham', the lazy commander-in-chief of the 1809 Walcheren expedition, whose inactivity and incompetence turned what should have been an easy victory into a disaster. Chatham's poor reputation obscures a fascinating and complex man. During a twenty-year career at the heart of government, he served in several important cabinet posts such as First Lord of the Admiralty and Master-General of the Ordnance. Yet despite his closeness to the Prime Minister and friendship with the Royal Family, political rivalries and private tragedy hampered his ascendance. Paradoxically for a man of widely admired diplomatic skills, his downfall owed as much to his personal insecurities and penchant for making enemies as it did to military failure. Using a variety of manuscript sources to tease Chatham from the records, this biography peels away the myths and places him for the first time in proper familial, political, and military context.It breathes life into a much-maligned member of one of Britain's greatest political dynasties, revealing a deeply flawed man trapped in the shadow of his illustrious relatives.

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781473856950
Number of pages: 269
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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“Engaging biography of the forgotten Pitt brother.”

This is an interesting biography of a forgotten figure from the C18th political and military world. The writing is clear and lucid and neatly summarises the historical background for those unfamiliar with the era. The... More

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