Described as "the magistrate of history," Lord Acton was one of the great personalities of the nineteenth century and is universally considered to be one of the most learned Englishmen of his time. He made the history of liberty his life's work; indeed, he considered political liberty the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty. - Acton Institute.
See also: "Lord Acton" from First Principles Journal Reference. By Stephen Tonsor.
- The History of Freedom in Antiquity Address delivered to the members of the Bridgemouth Institute on February 26, 1877.
- The History of Freedom in Christianity Address delivered to the members of the Bridgemouth Institute on May 28, 1877.
- The History of Freedom and Other Essays (1907), ed. by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence (London: Macmillan, 1907). [Entire book available online and in .pdf format].
- Lord Acton, Cardinal Newman, and How To Be Ahead of Your Time, by Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus. First Things 105 (August/September 2000).
- Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom, by Cardinal George Pell. The 1999 Acton Lecture. The Centre for Independent Studies Wednesday, August 4th 1999 (Customs House, Sydney Australia).