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The Homicidal Earl By Saul David

The Homicidal Earl

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A study of the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the man who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in 1854. The author questions Cardigan's status as a hero, citing his behaviour previous to the battle, and the criticisms levelled at him by fellow officers in the Crimea.

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The Homicidal Earl: Lord Cardigan by Saul David

The 7th Earl of Cardigan, the subject of this biography, is always remembered as the man who led the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in 1854. A fatal event for so many of his men, it was to rejuvenate Cardigan's life. Hitherto his career had been dogged by public scandal and professional disgrace: a failed marriage to a divorcee, two court appearances for adultery, two courts martial, numerous duels (which earned him the sobriquet "the homicidal earl"), a state trial for intent to murder, dismissal from the command of a crack cavalry regiment, being blackballed 46 times by the leading military club, being hissed at in theatres, parliamentary questions about his conduct. All seemed conveniently forgotten in the wake of his valour at Balaclava. But was Cardigan a hero? Or was the fierce criticism of his conduct in the Crimea by fellow officers - that he ill-treated horses and men and, even worse, saved his own skin at Balaclava - justified, and in keeping with his reprehensible past? Against the backdrop of a country in the throws of social, political and economic revolution, the book depicts Lord Cardigan as a man both of and outside his times.

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GOR001656054
The Homicidal Earl: Lord Cardigan by Saul David
Saul David
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
1998-11-05
544
0349108544
9780349108544
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