Napoleon Series Archive 2003

Re: Charles Oman vs. Hilaire Belloc

Belloc and Oman had bad blood betwen the stemming back to the time when Belloc tried to obtain a Prize Fellowship at All Souls' College, Oxford. This Fellowship was a sort of intellectual insider's club which Belloc failed to obtain. One of his examiners was Oman who said, "These candidates gave little trouble when pinned down to the rather searching questions set before them-- though I have known one or two who did give the fellows some little annoyance in the smoking-room, where they tried to sparkle, or to demonstrate that they were men of the world or epigrammists." It is thought that anti-Catholicism may have played a part in Belloc's rejection. But also at the dinner with the Fellows after the examination Belloc expounded at length on French military manoeuvres which he had taken part in, dominating the conversation--not likely to endear him to Oman and his fellow Fellows.

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