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The Late Lord: the book

It is now possible for UK readers to preorder my biography of the 2nd Earl of Chatham!

You can order your copy directly from Pen and Sword. It is also available through Amazon (both the UK and US sites).

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The Late Lord: the life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham will be released by Pen & Sword Books on 30 January 2017.

The blurb:

John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham is one of the most enigmatic and overlooked figures of early nineteenth century British history. The elder brother of Pitt the Younger, he has long been consigned to history as ‘the late Lord Chatham’, the lazy commander-in-chief of the 1809 Walcheren expedition, whose inactivity and incompetence turned what should have been an easy victory into a disaster.

Chatham’s poor reputation obscures a fascinating and complex man. During a twenty-year career at the heart of government, he served in several important cabinet posts such as First Lord of the Admiralty and Master-General of the Ordnance. Yet despite his closeness to the Prime Minister and friendship with the Royal Family, political rivalries and private tragedy hampered his ascendance. Paradoxically for a man of widely admired diplomatic skills, his downfall owed as much to his personal insecurities and penchant for making enemies as it did to military failure.

Using a variety of manuscript sources to tease Chatham from the records, this biography peels away the myths and places him for the first time in proper familial, political, and military context. It breathes life into a much-maligned member of one of Britain’s greatest political dynasties, revealing a deeply flawed man trapped in the shadow of his illustrious relatives.

It will be available in the US on 30 April 2017.

(Cover is © Pen & Sword Books, and includes material that is © Trustees of the Chevening Estate)

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