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In a packed and colourful 18th century life, William Hamilton had many careers, interests and incarnations. He was a soldier, a courtier and an MP before becoming a diplomat in Naples. He was a scholar whose work on volcanoes got him elected to the Royal Society. This is the story of his life.
David Constantine is the author of several volumes of poetry and fiction. He has also translated a good deal from German and French. His academic work has been concerned chiefly with the reception of classical Greece in the eighteenth century. He lives in Oxford.