The Grand Old Man: William Gladstone and the Making of Liberal England


Residential course

Jonathan Rodell

20 November 2020 to 22 November 2020

From £233 Non-resident fee

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Four times Prime Minister between 1868 and 1894, and four times Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gladstone bestrode the world of Victorian politics like a colossus.   A man of intellectual vigour and deep personal piety, his thought shaped the political agenda and his rhetoric set the political tone – Queen Victoria famously loathed him.

The course will look at the career of the 19th century British statesman William Ewart Gladstone.  We will be studying the political challenges that Britain faced in a period of unprecedented social and economic change and the role which Gladstone played in navigating the country through them.  We will explore Gladstone’s contribution to the development of mass political parties in British politics and his long-term legacy in the British political system.  We will also, no doubt, find time to talk about his hobby of saving fallen women.

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

Dr Jonathan Rodell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge and received his doctorate for a thesis on popular religion in the 18th And 19th centuries. In 2012 he was a visiting fellow at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The focus of his work is on grassroots history and the impact of religious ideas upon the lives of ordinary people. He is the author of several articles and of ‘The Rise of Methodism: a study of Bedfordshire 1736-1851’ (BHRS, 2014).

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.