Tag Archives: Edward Gibbon

The fall of princes

For the best comment about Prince Andrew, recall this remark by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written in 1764: “The generality of princes, once stripped of the purple and cast naked into the world, … Continue reading

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Royal IQ

The present troubles of the Duke of York – a man to whom it had to be once explained how you put the rubbish out when you live in a terraced house – irresistably remind me of one of my … Continue reading

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Gibbon at Oxford

The Gutenberg Project is opening a treasure store of obscure old books locked away, until now, in ancient libraries.  I like to dip into it and come up with tiny gems like this topical one: the great 18th century historian … Continue reading

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