Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl

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Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl (1831–91). Son of the historical novelist, Lytton was educated at Harrow and privately on the continent. He enjoyed a successful career in the diplomatic service and became attached to the Conservative Party interest. He was also a poet and friend of the Brownings. He was appointed viceroy of India in 1875 by Disraeli and organized the great ‘durbah’ proclaiming Victoria queen-empress in 1877. His administration was principally distinguished for its aggressive external policies which, in 1878, brought about the second Afghan war. His army set off for Kabul. However, a change of government at home saw him recalled and Lord Ripon, his Liberal successor, sued for peace. In 1887 Lytton was appointed ambassador to Paris by Lord Salisbury.

David Anthony Washbrook

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