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The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington, by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1814), and Lemuel Francis Abbott's portrait of Lord Nelson.

The month before Trafalgar, the Duke and the Admiral had a singular encounter.

“They are as good as I could write now,” said the Duke in 1834. “They show the same attention to details — to the pursuit of all the means, however small, that could promote success.”

Though the Duke did not pretend to be a highly educated man, he had a real respect for books, and made resolute attempts to supervise the education of his son and heir. By Elizabeth Longford.

One of Napoleon's most prominent enemies among authors cast the Duke, during the Allied Occupation of Paris, in the role of Saviour of France. She was not much mistaken, writes Harold Kurtz.

‘There is a middle state’, Landor once said, ‘between love and friendship, more delightful than either, but more difficult to remain in.’ Such was the affectionate association that the Duke and Lady Shelley long enjoyed, writes Prudence Hannay

A detailed account of the pageantry, expense and spectacle of the First Duke of Wellington's public funeral.

His refusal to learn by experience, C.S. Forester suggests, was largely responsible for Napoleon’s ultimate failure

James Whitfield on why the theft of a Spanish master’s portrait of a British military hero led to a change in the law.

T.A. Jenkins discusses the political career of the Iron Duke.