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Earl of Liverpool

Robert  Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, portrait by Thomas Lawrence, 1820.

The prime minister at the time of Napoleon’s defeat was a keen observer of European politics. His government sought a balance of power on the Continent, but with minimal British engagement.

John Plowright reconsiders a lost leader and the battle he won to maintain public order.  

This is the text of the Sir John Neale lecture delivered at University College, London on December 7th, 1981.

Norman Gash on the personal life of the man who was Prime Minister at the time of Waterloo and for nearly twelve years afterwards, who has hitherto excited little attention.