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  • Having been ennobled by Margaret Thatcher in 1979 (as Lord Dacre), he took the Tory whip in the Lords, but he was at heart a kind of maverick Whig – allergic to pieties of all kinds, cultivating Gibbonian irreverence.

    Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman

  • Its author, the Rev. John Lemprière, DD, records the doings of characters of myth and of history alike in the same ceremonious Gibbonian prose and in the same grave tones of judicious appraisal; Priapus and Elagabalus, Medusa and Messallina seem to inhabit the same world.

    Ancient Biggies

  • None of the cursed Gibbonian fine writing, so fine and composite.

    Notes and Queries, Number 53, November 2, 1850

  • For with an iron heel has Hon'ble _Mr P. _ declined sundry essays of enormous length and importance, composed in Addisonian, Johnsonian, and Gibbonian phraseology on assorted topics, such as "Love," "Civilisation,"

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

  • 'Servile' and 'Emolument,' however, though at first they sound very dreadful and very wrong, are only Miltonic-Gibbonian expressions of the general fact that the Frankish Kings had ploughmen in their fields, employed weavers and smiths to make their robes and swords, hunted with huntsmen, hawked with falconers, and were in other respects tyrannical to the ordinary extent that an English Master of

    Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens

  • And Jerusalem: The Biography Weidenfeld, £25 by Simon Sebag Montefiore - a vast, vigorous history with entertaining Gibbonian footnotes.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • None of the damned Gibbonian fine writing, so fine and composite.

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 5 The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb

  • The elaborate Gibbonian sentences of the Augustan age, with their stately periods and endless sub-clauses, are, at bedrock level, the result of a quill pen having to be dipped into an ink-well every dozen words or so.

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  • "accurately expressed the figure of their limbs," but 'apparel' is only Miltonic-Gibbonian for 'nobody knows what.'

    Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens

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