Charles Pelham Villiers: Aristocratic Victorian Radical: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Charles Pelham Villiers: Aristocratic Victorian Radical

1st Edition

By Roger Swift

Routledge

328 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138331891
pub: 2018-08-14
$61.38
x
Hardback: 9781138288355
pub: 2017-03-16
$165.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315267975
pub: 2017-03-16
from $28.98


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

This book provides the first biographical study of Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), whose long UK parliamentary career spanned numerous government administrations under twenty different prime ministers.

An aristocrat from a privileged background, Villiers was elected to Parliament as a Radical in 1835 and subsequently served the constituency of Wolverhampton for sixty-three years until his death in 1898. A staunch Liberal free trader throughout his life, Villiers played a pre-eminent role in the Anti-Corn Law League as its parliamentary champion, introduced an important series of Poor Law reforms and later split with William Gladstone over the issue of Irish Home Rule, turning thereafter to Liberal Unionism. Hence Villiers, who remains the longest-serving MP in British parliamentary history, was intimately involved with many of the great issues of the Victorian Age in Britain.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Making of a Radical

2. The Member for Wolverhampton

3. The Young Parliamentarian

4. The Campaign against the Corn Laws

5. Interlude

6. The Cabinet Minister

7. The View from the Backbenches

8. Gladstone and the Home Rule Crisis

9. The Father of the House

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Roger Swift is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Studies at the University of Chester, UK

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern British History

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS018000
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland