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Sir Robert Walpole

During his many years of administration, writes H.T. Dickinson, Walpole was highly unpopular with large sections of the community.

Robert Halsband describes how, in 1731, the Leader of the Opposition and a supporter of Sir Robert Walpole fought a celebrated duel in Green Park, London.

P.W. Kingsford describes how, for many years, Sir William Baker became Walpole’s chief ally in the eighteenth-century City.

Lord Kinross describes how, during the first half of the eighteenth century, gin-drinking became a serious social evil.

Hogarthian image of the 1720 "South Sea Bubble" from the mid-19th century, by Edward Matthew Ward, Tate Gallery

Peter Dickson pores over the wreckage of 18th century England's most infamous financial scandal.

After the upheavals of 1688, England’s shifting social order needed new ways to define itself. A taste for fine claret became one such marker of wealth and power, as Charles Ludington explains.

H.T. Dickinson introduces a Bishop who held many liberal views,  and was much disliked by his brethren.


J.H. Plumb analyses the career of the man recognised as Britain's first prime minister.