Excerpt from the historical monologue “400 Years of English History” presented by artist/historian George S. Stuart as part of an …


8 thoughts on “William Gladstone

  1. Thank you Mr. Stuart for the lovely Historical figures and turning people's heads to history, that is so important about policies and laws that have had affects on the future. I look forward to buying the series so I can hear all the information about each figure in it's entirety. This would be vary rewarding in all schools for learning history, I feel they would just totally soak this in and actually learn something for a change. Well done Mr. Stuart you got my attention.

  2. This should be taught in schools every where because I believe children would be fascinated with the Historical Figures and the way Mr.Stuart tells the history behind them. I look forward to buying the series so I can hear the full history about the figures in their entirety. Well done Mr. Stuart you got my attention plus I learned more about these Historical Figures who shaped history and influenced the future.

  3. I grapple very much with this man's interpretation and presentation of historical information. He is a professional sculptor of historical figures and not an expert on the life of said figures. 
    0:58 "a very secular society", this was quite common in and out of politics until well into the 20th Century. Victorian Society did not allow religious sentiment to override rationality completely, people were not being burnt at the stake for professing heretical beliefs, but to say it was a "very" secular society, and that this is what was annoying! It was annoying to his opponents because he was using his religious sentiment to get one up on them as no one could reproach Gladstone for having an immoral character.

    Stuart here, also neglects the fact that Gladstone's family had gained their wealth largely from slavery and that he had entered politics against Disraeli in the 1830s, on that platform, to fight the Bill that abolished Slavery in the Empire, as well as the abolition of the Corn Laws, which gave landed families monopoly over agricultural yield.
     He was certainly not "progressive" in his early decades. He was an all-around nonconformist to the extent that he was always opposing trends in government, Conservative or otherwise.

  4. I think hh asqith was more liberal than david llord George and I think  Rufus Isaacs with  David Llord George,Sir George Grey,Reginald McKenna,Henry John Temple,Charles Wood,George Grenville, Henry Pelham, Edward Cardwell,J. E. B. Seely, Robert Crewe-Milnes,Robert Wynn Carrington,Victor Bruce,Robert Reid,Robert Rolfe, Richard Bethell,Charles Pepys,Henry Brougham,Charles Pratt,Granville Leveson-Gower, Henry Pelham-Clinton, Lord William Bentinck, George Eden,Thomas Baring,Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Freeman Freeman-Thomas,Sir James Graham,Edward Marjoribanks,John Jervis, William Pitt The Elder,Richard Howe,Thomas Milner Gibson, Henry Labouchere, Charles Poulett Thomson are most of the liberals/whigs I wish had joined the tory/conservative and I think would have if it wasn't for few issues they had at the time and I think Gladstone should have stayed a tory

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