Annotated typescript of Portrait of a Cavalier: a biography of William Cavendish, 1stDuke of Newcastle, by Geoffrey Trease (1909-1998), author, 1979

Scope and Content

Typescript of Trease's biography of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne(1593-1676) as used in the publication of the work. The typescript is annotated regularly with ink.The biography was published in 1979 by Macmillan as Portrait of a Cavalier: a Biography ofWilliam Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

Administrative / Biographical History

[Robert] Geoffrey Trease was born in Nottingham in 1909, the son of a wine merchant and adoctor's daughter. He was educated at Nottingham High School and Queen's College, Oxford. He marriedMarian Boyer in 1933. Trease was employed in a variety of teaching and publishing jobs beforebecoming a full-time writer. His first book, Bows Against the Barons (1934), was a historical children's novel about Robin Hood. In addition to literary criticism, Trease wrote both fiction andnon-fiction for children and adults.

His greatest success lay in historical fiction. Word to Caesar (1955), Tomorrow is a Stranger (1987) and Song for a Tattered Flag (1992) were historical novels spanning a variety of periods and settings. His autobiographical works include A Whiff of Burnt Boats (Macmillan, 1971) and Laughter at the Door (Macmillan, 1974). D.H. Lawrence: The Phoenix and the Flame (Macmillan, 1973), Samuel Pepys and His World (Thomas and Hudson, 1972), and Portrait of a Cavalier: a Biography of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (Macmillan, 1979) are his main biographical works. Geoffrey Trease died in 1998.

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Custodial History

The typescript was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in October 1979.

Related Material

  • Nottinghamshire Archives: Correspondence and literary papers of Geoffrey Trease.
  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Literarypapers of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle. Reference: PwV 21-29


Geoffrey Trease, Portrait of a Cavalier: William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle(Macmillan, 1979)