Disraeli by Robert BlakeBenjamin Disraeli, perhaps the best known & certainly the most colorful of Queen Victorias Prime Ministers, has long merited a full-scale biography. This is it, the 1st since the official & monumental study by Monypenny & Buckle which appeared deecades ago. Blake deals with Disraelis political style & above all with the legend that he was moved by a consistent philosophy of Tory radicalism which he conceived in his youth & later put into practice. In place of this, he presents a man moved far less by principle than by sheer zest for the great game, loving power & skillfully maneuvering to get & hold it. Paradoxically, Blake shows how this may have made him far more effective in steering the Tory party into new paths than any man of principle could have been. Disraeli presents a lively portrait of an extraordinary man & of his age. Without ever deviating far from his subject, Blake illuminates the whole arena of Victorian politics. The character he presents is more subtle & fascinating than the conventional image. Altho his origins were less obscure than he liked people to believe, his youth was extraordinarily disreputable for a future Prime Minister & an aura of raffishness hindered him until late in his career. The book follows Disraelis slow climb to power from the time when the young novelist & dandy failed repeatedly to get into Parliament at all, thru his period as a neglected backbencher until finally achieving the Leadership of the Tory Party in the House of Commons &, late in life, becoming Victorias confidant & perhaps most favored Prime Minister. Many characters crowd into the book: the brilliant young men of Young England; Disraelis family, friends, wife & mistresses; his colleagues & opponents in parliament, including Peel, whom he destroyed as an effective political leader, & Gladstone, who hated him; Queen Victoria, whose relationship with him verges on the comic to those reading it some generations later; & the great landed families into whose society Disraeli was finally admitted. A whole vanished world comes to life in this book. In its center stands the brilliant, enigmatic figure of one who was perhaps the most atypical inhabitant, but who has come to symbolize, for Americans at least, the Victorian Age.
Primroses for her Prime Minister: Benjamin Disraeli and Queen Victoria
Later, flowers would be sent from Osborne. John Donne suggests them as a symbol of womanhood. In the language of flowers, the primrose can mean youth or young love. With his dyed-black curls, Disraeli was full of poetry and eloquent English; the Queen read his books Coningsby in and Endymion in Importantly, Disraeli was a widower who could understand the sentiments of a widowed Queen. An over-life size, white marble statue of him stands in the north transept at Westminster Abbey. What was it then, about the primroses?
Benjamin Disraeli , in full Benjamin Disraeli, earl of Beaconsfield, Viscount Hughenden of Hughenden , byname Dizzy , born December 21, , London , England—died April 19, , London , British statesman and novelist who was twice prime minister , —80 and who provided the Conservative Party with a twofold policy of Tory democracy and imperialism. Disraeli was educated at small private schools. At the age of 17 he was articled to a firm of solicitors, but he longed to become notable in a more sensational manner. His first efforts were disastrous. In he speculated recklessly in South American mining shares, and, when he lost all a year later, he was left so badly in debt that he did not recover until well past middle age. It was a complete failure.
He is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, associating the Conservative party with the glory and power of the British Empire. The present man will do well. He is very peculiar … but very clever and sensible … He is full of poetry, romance and chivalry.
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He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party , defining its policies and its broad outreach. Disraeli is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his political battles with the Liberal Party leader William Ewart Gladstone , and his one-nation conservatism or "Tory democracy".
He grew particularly close to Queen Victoria during his two terms as Prime Minister February — December and But why was Disraeli such an influential politician in an era of big personalities and imperial exploration? Embed from Getty Images. Unlike his four siblings, of which Benjamin was the eldest son, he was not educated at Winchester College, instead being sent to Revd. It was not until that Disraeli openly declared himself a Tory, when he was selected to join the exclusive Carlton Club.
In fact, he was a practicing Anglican. In , his father's quarrel with the synagogue of Bevis Marks led to the decision in to have his children baptized as Christians ironically, when Disraeli was 13 and eligible for Bar Mitzvah. Until Jews were excluded from Parliament; except for the father's decision Disraeli's political career could never have taken the form it did. Benjamin Disraeli, was born in London on 21st December, After a private education Disraeli was trained as a solicitor.
In the early s, Disraeli decided to have the house remodeled. Its modest 18th century Georgian features were stripped away. In their place, Gothic-style battlements and pinnacles were erected. All of this, however, conveniently ignored the fact that Hughenden had originally been constructed in the midth century — almost a century after the monarchist cavaliers and parliamentarian roundheads fought the English civil war. To others, it encapsulated his deeply conservative, almost reactionary, yearning to cling to a past — rural, aristocratic and hierarchical — that was fast slipping away in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of a powerful working class. There is an element of truth in such criticisms.