Disraeli v Gladstone

Westminster’s Most Bitter Feud

Roger Mason

This is an account of the bitter feud between two of Britain's greatest Prime Ministers and statesmen—Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone. It analyses the causes of the antagonism, how it developed and the actions of the two men. A wealth of fascinating facts and anecdotes are included.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
100 color and black & white
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557723

Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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Benjamin Disraeli joined William Gladstone in the House of Commons in 1837. A few years later a bitter feud developed between the two men and it lasted until Disraeli’s death in 1881. During this time Disraeli, for the Conservatives, was Chancellor of the Exchequer three times and Prime Minister twice. Gladstone, for the Liberals, was during his lifetime Chancellor of the Exchequer four times and Prime Minister also four times. This book analyses the causes of the feud, and it describes how it developed and the actions of two of the country’s greatest statesmen. Their mutual antipathy was so great that Gladstone made an excuse not to go to his rival’s funeral. In addition there is a wealth of fascinating information about them. Among other things this includes an account of Gladstone’s controversial work rescuing prostitutes and his close friendship with former courtesans. It also describes how Disraeli wrote his famous novels, and his early disreputable business activities.

About The Author

Roger Mason is an accountant and chartered secretary. After a career as a director of a number of companies he now presents seminars for directors and company secretaries. He also gives interesting and entertaining talks on cruise ships. This is his twenty-second book and follows the acclaimed ‘The Struggle for Democracy: Parliamentary Reform from Rotten Boroughs to Today’. He has expert knowledge of Britain’s Prime Ministers and an eye for fascinating anecdotes.


Preface; Part 1 The Youthful Disraeli: 1804-1837; 1 1804-1830; 2 1830-1837; Part 2 The Youthful Gladstone: 1809-1837; 3 1809-1827; 4 1828-1832; 5 1832-1837; Part 3 Conservatives Under Peel: 1837-1845; 6 1837-1841; 7 1841-1845; Part 4 The Feud: 1846-1881; 8 1846-1847; 9 1847-1851; 10 1852; 11 1852-1855; 12 1855-1859; 13 1859-1866; 14 1866-1868; 15 1868-1870; 16 1871-1874; 17 1874-1875; 18 1876-1878; 19 1878-1880; 20 1880-1881; Part 5 Gladstone After Disraeli: 1881-1898; 21 1881-1885; 22 1885-1893; 23 1893-1898; Endnotes.

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