Too Cruel for School

Posted on by Tom Fleming

After retiring from the presidency of the United States, Thomas Jefferson devoted his remaining years to founding a new public university in Virginia. No one else in the nation was as qualified to take on such a daunting challenge. Like Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson was a cosmopolitan intellectual, one of the faces of the Enlightenment in […]

Edmund Burke’s Number One Fan

Posted on by Tom Fleming

When the twenty-year-old Clemens Wenzel Lothar von Metternich journeyed to Frankfurt to participate in the splendid coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor in 1792, little did he realise that he was witnessing the dying embers of a vanishing world. Half a century later, he lamented that he had spent much of his life ‘propping up […]

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