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Edward Gibbon

English historian and Member of Parliament (1737-1794)

1737   -   1794

country of citizenship: Great Britain
language of expression: French, English
educated at: Magdalen College, Westminster School, Kingston Grammar School
occupation: historian, politician, classical scholar
position held: Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain, Member of the 14th Parliament of Great Britain, Member of the 15th Parliament of Great Britain
influenced by: Montesquieu

Edward Gibbon (; 8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 and is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its polemical criticism of organised religion.
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