The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
– Edward Gibbon
born in Putney, England, The United Kingdom, April 27, 1737
died: January 16, 1794
genre: Nonfiction, History
Edward Gibbon was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The History is known principally for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open denigration of organized religion, though the extent of this is disputed by some critics.