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Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794), historian

David J. Womersley

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Ancestry and early life | Residence in Oxford and conversion to Catholicism | Exile in Lausanne | Return to England: militia service and the Essai sur l'étude de la littérature | Grand tour | The search for direction, 1765-1770 | Independence and publication of the Decline and Fall, volume 1, 1770-1776 | Reception of the Decline and Fall, volume 1, and publication of volumes 2-3, 1776-1781 | Retirement to Lausanne and publication of the Decline and Fall, volumes 4-6, 1781-1788 | The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | The French Revolution and death of Deyverdun, 1789-1793 | Return to England and death, 1793-1794 | Publication of the Miscellaneous Works and subsequent reputation | Iconography

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