CLIVE

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A BRITISH EMPEROR

Robert Harvey


Synopsis

The real-life story, of' Robert Clive would be judged as wildly implausible if it came from the pen of a novelist.

Clive of India was one of the most extraordinary and colourful figures Britain has ever produced. The founder of' Britain's Indian empire, he was also Britain's first great guerrilla fighter by the age of twenty-seven, conqueror of Bengal at thirty-one and avenging angel of righteousness against the greed of his own fellow countrymen at forty-one; before himself being brought under painful scrutiny by Parliament and dying violently in still mysterious circumstances before his fiftieth birthday.

Clive was hailed a hero, yet died a deeply unpopular figure. In this lively and revealing study, Robert Harvey illuminates Clive's adventures, his drive to success and self-destruction and to his vicious and premature death, by suicide or murder.
 

ISBN 0-340-65441-4

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