Edward Gibbon is known primarily as the author of one great book, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788), a book that is for a variety of reasons—historical, historiographic, stylistic and cultural—so very great that we may be tempted to speak of Gibbon in absolute terms as England’s first great historian.
English history-writing did not commence with Gibbon’s Decline, but with the possible exception of …
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Mankin, Robert. "Edward Gibbon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2005
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