Heroic Minister

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"Gladstone: Heroic Minister" (Richard Shannon)

After hearing about William Gladstone British Prime minister at the end of the 19th Century, I ordered this book.

What fascinated me was that Gladstone was a Tory (for those outside the Uk, read republican), who was a theologically trained as a pastor/vicar but went into politics, that he changed his beliefs over time, becoming a Liberal ( kind of like a democrat), read over 20,000 books in his lifetime, and was into outdoor pursuits.

(p.s and no need to leave comments to say Tory's aren't republicans etc :-)