A study based on the private papers of Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford, balances the popular image of Anglo‐Greek relations during the Greek War of Independence (1821‐32) with the promotion of the first university in Greece in modern times. It reveals the undercurrent of English concerns at that time about the classical heritage of Greece, but discloses the limitations, or unrealities, of English classicism of the time. Describes the building up of a library of rare and valuable volumes by Lord Guilford for his projected Ionian University at Corfu, ruining himself and earning little gratitude or recognition.
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