- 464 pages
- Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815
- David Womersley
- 11 March 2017 David Womersley
The Subject Of This Book Is The Story Of The Conflict Between Gibbon And Those He Mockingly Dubbed The Watchmen Of The Holy City, And It Explores The Ramifications Of An Elusive Aspect Of Authorship By Considering The Sequence Of Interactions Between The Historian And His Readership, Womersley Makes Possible A Intimate Understanding Of What Might Be Called Gibbon S Experience Of Himself At The Same Time He Deepens Our Knowledge Of The Conditions Of English Authorship During The Late Eighteenth And Early Nineteenth Centuries.