Francis Austen served throughout the Napoleonic Wars and, writes David Hopkinson, lived until the age of ninety-one; an Admiral of the Fleet.
Arnold spent some thirty-five years as an inspector of schools, in Europe as well as in England. David Hopkinson describes how the Victorian poet hoped education would humanize pupils and weaken the prejudices of nation and class.
David Hopkinson introduces a liberal-minded Victorian poet, seriously concerned with the effects of education.
David Hopkinson describes how the foundations of modern Britain were largely laid by Liberal intellectuals from 1906 onwards.