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The quote refers to two things about Lord Acton. First, he was anything but prolific as an author: He is notorious for having rising to the heights of the historical profession without actually writing a book; the only work published in book form during his lifetime was his inaugural lecture when he became Regius professor of history at ...


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The only hit I could find for misattributions involving Lord Acton is for a simple statement, not an entire book. This is what is sometimes today called Acton's Law: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely". Its true that isn't quite what he said. The full quote, from a letter he wrote to fellow historian Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887 is: ...



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