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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City'The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815$
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David Womersley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.001.0001

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‘As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense’: Three Versions of the Death of a Father

‘As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense’: Three Versions of the Death of a Father

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(p.241) 7 ‘As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense’: Three Versions of the Death of a Father
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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City'
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DAVID WOMERSLEY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0007

This chapter compares the three versions Gibbon composed of the death of his father. Although the movement from version to version is a good example of Gibbon's polishing of style, when these versions are placed within the context of the swift development in Gibbon's political sentiments which was occurring at just the moment of their composition, it is clear that Gibbon's stylistic preferences were co-ordinated with the broader considerations that arose from his contemplation of the scene of European politics.

Keywords:   Edward Gibbon senior, death, European politics, political sentiments

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