- Title Pages
- A Note On References
- 1 <i>Revision and Religion</i>
- 2 <i>Forging a Polemical Style: Gibbon’s</i> Vindication <i>and Literary Warfare, 1694–1779</i>
- 3 <i>‘Too deeply into the mud of the Arian controversy’: Gibbon and the Early Church Fathers</i>
- 4 <i>‘Enthusiasm and Imposture’: Gibbon and Mahomet</i>
- 5 Gibbon’s Unfinished History
- 6 The ‘Memoirs’: Autobiography in Time of Revolution
- 7 ‘As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense’: Three Versions of the Death of a Father
- 8 ‘Fourteen months, the most barren and unprofitable of my whole life’: Five Versions of Residence in Oxford
- 9 <i>The Making of Gibbon’s</i> Miscellaneous Works
- 2. GIBBON’S ‘MEMOIRS OF MY LIFE’: DRAFTS, CORRESPONDENCE, AND CONTEXT
- (p.1) INTRODUCTION
- Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City'
- Oxford University Press
This introductory chapter sets out the general subject of the book and illustrates Gibbon's evolving relationship with his reader by analysing changes in the footnotes to The Decline and Fall as it moves through its three instalments (published in 1776, 1781, and 1788). These changes in the style of the footnotes are related to the historian's increasingly deft management of his reputation. The final paragraphs describe and defend the deliberately promiscuous methodology of the book.
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