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Waterloo to Wellington: From Iron Duke to Enlightened College JUNE 2015

New book celebrating the Duke of Wellington and his educational legacy

Published on the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, Joanna Seldon’s Waterloo to Wellington celebrates the life and achievements of the Duke of Wellington and the school he inspired. Seldon explores the character of the Duke, identifying courage, leadership and a sense of duty as the qualities that enabled him to achieve so much both on the battlefield and in politics, serving as Prime Minister twice and a leading figure in the House of Lords until his death. 

The Duke was highly admired and celebrated in his lifetime, described as “the greatest man this country has ever produced” by Queen Victoria. Victoria and Prince Albert founded Wellington College in 1859 as a national memorial to the Duke. Even today, the Duke remains a role model for the students of Wellington College. The school’s motto ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ is indicative of the value it still places on qualities of courage and dedication. 

Lady Seldon, who is married to the 13th Master of the Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon, tells the compelling story of the Duke’s death, the school’s foundation and its early years in this beautifully illustrated publication. The book was launched at Wellington College’s annual Speech Day on 23 May. 

Images (from top):
Cecil Langley Doughty, With the Iron Duke at Salamanca, 20th Century
Colour Lithograph, Private Collection

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, with a telescope, 1828
Oil on Canvas, Wellington College

The red-brick Palladian architecture of Wellington College from South Front, 2013.