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The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan Kindle Edition

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'An outstanding biography, stimulating, persuasive;y and superbly written' SUNDAY TIMES 'This splendid book partly redeems the chap supposedly responsible for the massacre of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.' Beryl Bainbridge 'Meticulously researched and beautifully written.' P D James 'A book almost better than the heroic old reprobate deserves.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A brilliant biography of a wayward figure...His account of the Charge of the Light Brigade is outstanding for its vivid details and will never be bettered.' Lawrence James

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Saul David was born near Monmouth in 1966 and educated at Ampleforth and Edinburgh University. He has written two previous books

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  • File Size: 1149 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (December 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZ6X6O2
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hancock the Superb on December 19, 2012
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James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan! The beau ideal of a 19th Century soldier: handsome, gallant, well-connected, devoted to Queen and Country. The embodiment of Victorian decadence: an elitist snob lacking in temperance regarding ladies, gambling or anger. So nasty even George Macdonald Fraser's Harry Flashman couldn't stand him. Few figures from Victorian England are so widely hated and readily caricatured. Who can forget Trevor Howard in Tony Richardson's Charge of the Light Brigade? "If they can't fornicate, they won't fight!" Howard bellows, reviewing his "Cherrybum" troopers. "And if they don't fight hard, I will flog their backs raw for all their fine looks!"

Saul David attempts to cut through this calumny with The Homicidal Earl. To an extent David succeeds, presenting Cardigan as a deeply flawed man rather than a raging monster. Even with sympathetic treatment however, "Jim the Bear" comes off as something less than admirable.

As the only son amidst six daughters, Cardigan was spoiled rotten: "without the natural challenge of another male... he was overindulged and developed a despotic, domineering nature" (14). Contrary to Cecil Woodham-Smith's account, Cardigan did well at school, mastering Latin and Greek at Harrow. "It may... have been the young lord's excellent academic progress that set him part," David writes, noting Cardigan became head of his class (19).

Even at this early age, Cardigan showed signs of trouble. David documents Harrow as a rough-and-tumble institution, students subjecting newcomers to ritual hazing ("fagging") and casual violence. The spoiled Cardigan didn't take well to this treatment, quickly clashing with fellow students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cnan on January 25, 2014
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Saul David has done an outstanding coverage of the curious Lord Cardigan. The book is very well researched with admirable
use of resources. The old Balentine series had a small paperback which whetted my appetite at an early age. Cardigan was
already controversial in politics and the military. Even Lord Wellington, the zenith of British military achievement in the 19th
century, was aware of Cardigan and his volcanic temper. The rush to urge the cavalry on at Balaclava bespoke of his bravery,
but his rapid return before his contingent had even engaged the enemy is inexplicable. I feel that Cardigan is symptomatic
of the failure of British army because of the purchase of his military positions and his haste to seek more accolades. The
book is a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on November 23, 2013
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This is a remarkably gripping history of the man who led the famed Light Brigade in the Crimea. However, you quickly find out that his life was far more than that. A charge of attempted murder, named as an adulterer, his personal relations, his activities in the House of Lords, this is really an amazing life. It's hard to think of a person who saw such changes in how the public viewed him in his life.

10,145 locations - About 2k of this is the chapter notes. Picked up while free, but very much worth paying for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Who? Regenerated on August 14, 2014
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Saul David paints an unbiased picture of Lord Cardigan of the Light Brigade at, before and after Balaclava. Was he an ambitious fool, or a hero? Was he the perfect example of how to buy Military Rank during Queen Victoria's early reign, or a Lord obsessed with creating the perfect military unit at all cost?

The answers may be found within the highly readable pages of Saul David's research.
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