Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon FRS (/ˈɡɪbən/; 8 May 1737[1]  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, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788, is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its polemical criticism of organised religion.[2]

Edward Gibbon

Portrait, oil on canvas, of Edward Gibbon by Sir Joshua Reynolds (date unknown)
Member of Parliament for Lymington
In office
1781–1784
Preceded bySamuel Salt
Edward Eliot
Succeeded bySamuel Salt
Wilbraham Tollemache
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
In office
1774–1780
Preceded byHarry Burrard
Thomas Dummer
Succeeded byHarry Burrard
William Manning
Personal details
Born8 May 1737
Putney, Surrey, England
Died16 January 1794(1794-01-16) (aged 56)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyWhig
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
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