Edward Shepherd Creasy
Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy (12 September 1812 – 17 January 1878) was an English historian and jurist.
He was born the son of a Land Agent in Bexley, Kent, England and educated at Eton College (where he won the Newcastle Scholarship in 1831) and King's College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1837 and appointed assistant judge at the Westminster sessions court.
Creasy was knighted in 1860, and spent the next decade and a half in Ceylon as Chief Justice of Ceylon (1860 to 1875). He then returned in poor health to England and died in London on 17 January 1878.
Creasy's best known contribution to literature is his Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World (1851). It is typical of 19th century European sentiment, highly Eurocentric, with references to the barbarism and immorality of non-Europeans. The reason Creasy gives for the significance of many of the fifteen battles, is that they denied Eastern peoples access to European soil. Other battles are seen as "decisive" because they shaped the development of Britain, which was the world's leading power at the time of writing.
Other works included are:
- Biographies of Eminent Etonians (1850) (several editions)
- Historical and Critical Account of the Several Invasions of England (1852);
- History of the Ottoman Turks, from the Beginning of Their Empire to the Present Time (1854)
- The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution (1855) (17th ed. 1886)
- History of England from the Earliest to the Present Time (5 vols.), 1869–70
- Imperial and Colonial Institutions of the Britannic Empire, Including Indian Institutions (1872)
Old Love and the New (1870) was a novel. With John Sheehan and Robert Gordon Latham, Creasy took part in contributing to Bentley's Miscellany the political squibs in verse known as the Tipperary Papers.
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- Creasy, Edward (22 March 1994). The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo. Da Capo.
- Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). . Dictionary of National Biography. 13. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Works by Edward Shepherd Creasy at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Edward Shepherd Creasy at Internet Archive
- Works by Edward Shepherd Creasy at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons – via Wikisource.
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