Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England was a phenomenal Victorian best-seller which shaped much more than the literary culture of the times: it defined a nation's sense of self, charting the rise of the British Isles to its triumph as a homogenous nation, a safeguard of the freedom of belief and expression, and a central world power. In this book Catherine Hall explores the emotional, intellectual, and political roots of Thomas Macaulay’s vision of England, tracing the influence of his father’s career as a colonial governor and drawing illuminating comparisons between the two men.
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Hall's scholarly prose stands at some odds with her interest in Macaulay's inner life. How much richer a sense might we get of his complex family attachments...if she quoted more amply from his writings?Read Full Review of Macaulay and Son: Architects ... | See more reviews from Guardian