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A novel by B. Disraeli, published 1880.

The novel is set in the period between 1830 and the early 1850s and describes the political and social scene of that time; the antagonism between Whig and Tory; the power of the great political hostesses; the Tractarians; railway mania; the Chartists; and the story of Louis Napoleon as ‘Florestan’. There are many other identifications: Lord Palmerston appears as the engaging Lord Roehampton; Bismark as Ferroll; Cobbett and Cobden combine in Job Thornberry; Thackeray (in revenge for his Codlingsby) is satirized as St Barbe.

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Benjamin Disraeli (1804—1881) prime minister and novelist