by Robin Harris: (Author). It's more modern than Cooper and better organized than Orieux. If you just wanted one book on Talleyrand then I would recommend this one.
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Robin Harris studied at Oxford University, won the Gibbs Prize, and obtained a DPhil in modern history
Robin Harris studied at Oxford University, won the Gibbs Prize, and obtained a DPhil in modern history. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked in various political and governmental capacities, and is now consultant director of the London-based Politeia think tank and a regular contributor to a range of British and American journals, mainly on politics and foreign affairs. He is the author of Dubrovnik: A History and Valois Guyenne: A Study of Politics, Government and Society in Late Medieval France.
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Harris was interviewed at length by Nick Higham upon publication of his book The Conservatives - A History when part of the Conservative party appeared to be in rebellion over . Talleyrand: Betrayer And Saviour Of France (2007). The Conservatives - A History (Bantam Press, 2011)
Harris was interviewed at length by Nick Higham upon publication of his book The Conservatives - A History when part of the Conservative party appeared to be in rebellion over David Cameron's delay of a referendum on the European Union. The Conservatives - A History (Bantam Press, 2011). Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher (Bantam, 2013).
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The scoundrel and the saviour. We amateurs are not alone in having felt daunted by Walpole. They include gravity, the Common Agricultural Policy, Sir Robert Walpole and Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand. He is a political ocean on which few biographical craft have ventured for the entire crossing. Everybody knows that Walpole (1676-1745) was a tremendous figure.
Robin Harris's fluent, intelligent and engaging book concludes by wondering why Talleyrand converted to Catholicism on his deathbed. The author advances all the various theories that were put forward both at the time and since for why the ex-bishop made his peace with the Almighty only a matter of minutes before he died. By the end of this excellent book, the reader will feel that the true reason was simply that, true to his lifelong form, Talleyrand was simply yet again sucking up to the incoming regime.
Talleyrand: Betrayer and Saviour of France. Together, these books offer the best bid in English to understand a man whom, in Lawday’s words, common morality did not concern. The french have a fine old tradition of political side-switching. Robin Harris, in his Talleyrand: Betrayer and Saviour of France, is more guarded, seeing his statesmanship as over-favourably regarded in the new era of European integration. Rather than looking for continuity in his career, Harris looks for contradictions: To get to the bottom of his character is in one sense futile, because there is no bottom.
Yet Robin Harris has passed all these tests with flying colours
Yet Robin Harris has passed all these tests with flying colours. Born into the high aristocracy, a cripple from birth, Talleyrand flourished in the ancien regime, becoming Bishop of Autun before joining the liberal wing of the French Revolution.
The great strength of this book comes from her detailed knowledge of the Irish literary scene. It's easy to see why the character of Charles-Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838) might appeal to Robin Harris, a former close aide to Margaret Thatcher
The great strength of this book comes from her detailed knowledge of the Irish literary scene. Drawing on texts such as Patrick Kavanagh's The Great Hunger, Kate O'Brien's The Last of Summer and Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day, Wills examines the "crisis of allegiance" that afflicted Irish intellectuals in the 1940s. It's easy to see why the character of Charles-Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838) might appeal to Robin Harris, a former close aide to Margaret Thatcher. A dogged advocate of free trade, the avaricious Talleyrand's "fundamental conviction was that money breeds money".