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4.0 out of 5 stars Lean, and not Hurd, 23 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Sir Robert Peel: The Life and Legacy (Library of Victorian Studies) (Hardcover)
This doesn't claim to be a biography and so may be of limited interest to a casual reader, but would be a good addtition to a sixth form library, or even a university library, should such an institution still allow any books to appear on its shelves. It is easy then to pick up on an aspect of Peel's life, say, Peel's fiscal policy, for an essay, rather than to read the complete book. The style is erudite and assumes the reader has some knowledge of the great man already, though it can occasionally become laboured - the "ripening" image after O'Connell's "Orange Peel" jibe is done to death. The author can also be a little harsh on his subject - Peel's attempts to alleviate the Irish famine seem dismissed somewhat ungenerously - but that is better than a fawning acceptance of every move which is a fault of some biographers. An excellent source to dip into for essays and seminars, perhaps not one to be read at once as a whole.
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Initial post: 7 Oct 2010, 21:23:36 BST
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Sir Robert Peel: The Life and Legacy (Library of Victorian Studies). Dr Richard Gaunt's new study of Sir Robert Peel adds greatly to our knowledge of the opinions of his contemporaries. These were not always very flattering! His in depth analysis of Peel's reputation after his untimely death in 1850 is very interesting. Peel was undoubtably a towering political figure in the 1st half of the 19th century and Dr. Gaunts analysis of the different aspects of his political career adds to our underastanding of his achievements and faults. A good buy for any serious student of this period of our history.
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