Edward Henry Stanley was the only minister to serve in the cabinets of both Gladstone and Disraeli. As a diarist, he was probably the fullest and most informative "fly on the wall" of the British Empire in the second half of the nineteenth century. The most important man in Lancashire, and a landowner on a great scale, Lord Derby records the minutiae of a vanished way of life, that of a great Victorian nobleman dedicated to public service, as faithfully as he does momentous arguments in the cabinet. These diaries provide a quarry for the social as much as the political history of the upper classes; and an intelligent commentary on the people and events of aristocratic parliamentary government in its final phase.
Publisher: Leopard's Head Press Ltd