Biographer recounts the Oxford don who spent his life.
Wells relied on the work of Trevor-Roper and Eric Hobsbawm, and now accepts he was wrong. That was in 2008 and was taken seriously by a student in Benbecula, where such misinformation should be automatically ridiculed. Then, just last year, came an entertaining book on tartan by Vixy Rae where she, too, succumbs to Trevor-Roper’s myth.
Trevor-Roper is a fearful man, short-sighted, with dripping eyes, shows off all the time, sucks up to me, boasts, is far from poor owing to his awful book (The Last Days of Hitler) on every page.
Professor Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton was born on 15 January 1914. 2 He was the son of Bertie William Edward Trevor-Roper and Kathleen Elizabeth Davidson. 2 He married Lady Alexandra Henrietta Louisa Haig, daughter of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig and Hon. Dorothy Maud Vivian, on 4 October 1954. 3 He died on 26 January 2003 at age 89.
Trevor-Roper, Hugh. The Last Days of Hitler. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992. Reviewed by Frank Tommasini Shortly after the end of WWII, British Intelligence officer Hugh Trevor-Roper was given the task to establish the facts of Hitler's end, and thereby to prevent the growth of a myth.
Hugh Trevor-Roper’s historical essays, published over many years in many different forms, are now difficult to find. This volume gathers together pieces on British and European history from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries, ending with the Thirty Years War, which Trevor-Roper views as the great historical and intellectual watershed that marked the end of the Renaissance.
Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, who became a life peer as Lord Dacre of Glanton in 1989, was born on 15 January 1914. The son of a country doctor in Northumberland, he was educated at Charterhouse and then at Christ Church, Oxford, where he read first for a degree in Classics and then for one in History.