Sir Anthony Eden — Self-Destruction of a Prince Charming

  • Dick Leonard


It was said of the Roman Emperor Galba that everyone thought he was capable of being a ruler until he actually became one. It was Anthony Eden’s great misfortune that the same came to be said of him. Born in 1897, he grew up in what he felt to be an earthly paradise — the beautiful Windlestone Hall and estate, in County Durham — but with impossible parents. He was the presumed third son, and fourth child, of Sir William Eden, 7th baronet, whose family had been prominent in the area since the eleventh century. Sir William combined the traditional pursuits of a country gentleman with being a talented amateur painter and discerning art collector, but he was most renowned for the appalling temper which led him into frequent and uncontrollable rages over the most trivial causes.


Prime Minister Security Council Suez Canal United Nations Security Council Political Career 
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