Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, dominated early eighteenth century politics. Born in 1676 as one of nineteen children, Walpole entered politics at the height of the rivalry between Whigs and Tories. Walpole’s decisions were pivotal to the affairs of the age, dealing with the fallout of the South Sea Bubble and the feuds with Ireland and men of repute such as Bolingbroke.

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