William Edward Hartpole Lecky

(1838—1903) historian

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published anonymously The Religious Tendencies of the Age (1860) and Leaders of Public Opinion in Ireland (1861). He won fame with his History of the Rise and Influence of Rationalism in Europe (1865), in which he traced the progress of the spirit of rationalism from religious dogmatism and persecution to tolerance. His History of European Morals from Augustus to Charlemagne (1869) discussed the relationship of morality and theology; and his History of England in the Eighteenth Century (1878–92) was concerned primarily with the history of political ideas and institutions, and social and economic history. He published several other historical studies, but devoted his last years to politics, as MP for Dublin University from 1895 to 1902.

Subjects: Literature.

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