Edwardian Requiem: A Life of Sir Edward Grey by Michael Waterhouse

By Michael Waterhouse

most sensible remembered for his portentous comment on the outbreak of the good warfare, 'The lamps are going out in all places Europe. we will no longer see them lit back in our lifetime', Sir Edward gray used to be a consummate Edwardian flesh presser and some of the most remarkable statesmen of an period abounding with them. within the first biography of gray in 40 years, Michael Waterhouse vividly depicts a guy filled with contradictions. Deep in his middle he used to be a country-loving fisherman, a delicate naturalist and ornithologist who most well-liked studying Wordsworth to giving speeches in his constituency and answering questions about overseas coverage in the home. but it fell to this peace-loving gentleman who hardly ever left his seashores to invite his kingdom to visit warfare with Germany. gray spent approximately thirty years in Parliament and basically reluctantly grew to become overseas Secretary of a rustic that presided over the best empire the realm had noticeable because Roman occasions. but it was once a place he crammed for greater than a decade, the longest an individual has ever served regularly in his or any age, to begin with less than Campbell-Bannerman after which Asquith. in this time he battled relentlessly to guard and enhance the pursuits of his state opposed to the unstable backdrop of a Europe during which the stability of energy used to be tilting wildly. Edwardian Requiem is the amazing portrait of a posh and enigmatic baby-kisser who presided over the twilight of outdated Europe.

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