Edward Shepherd Creasy

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Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy (12 September 1812 – 17 January 1878) was an English historian and jurist.


He was born in Bexley, England. He was educated at Eton College (where he won the Newcastle Scholarship in 1831) and King's College, Cambridge and called to the Bar in 1837.[1] In 1840, he began teaching history at the University of London.

Creasy was knighted in 1860, and assumed the position of Chief Justice of Ceylon in 1875. He returned to England and died in London on 17 January 1878.


Creasy's best known contribution to literature is his Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World (1851). It is typical of 19th century European sentiment, with references to the barbarism and immorality of non-Europeans.[citation needed] The reason Creasy gives for the significance of many of the fifteen battles, is that they denied Eastern peoples access to European soil.[citation needed] Other battles are seen as "decisive" because they shaped the development of Britain, which was the world's leading power at the time of writing.[citation needed]

Other works included are:

  • Biographies of Eminent Etonians (1850, several editions)[2]
  • Historical and Critical Account of the Several Invasions of England (1852);[2]
  • History of the Ottoman Turks;[2]
  • History of England, 1869–70, in 2 vols.[2]
  • The Rise and Progress of the English Constitution; and
  • Imperial and Colonial Institutions of the British Empire (1872).[2]

Old Love and the New (1870) was a novel. With John Sheehan and Robert Gordon Latham, Creasy took part in contributing to Bentley's Miscellany the political squibs in verse known as the Tipperary Papers.[2]


  1. ^ "Creasy, Edward Shepherd (CRSY831ES)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Creasy, Edward Shepherd". Dictionary of National Biography. 13. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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