Laurence Sterne (Nov 24, 1713 - Mar 18, 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He is best known for his novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy; but he also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. A Political Romance is a novel by Laurence Sterne. It is a satire on ecclesiastical politics intended to support his dean in a church struggle. The story describes a provincial squabble between a church-lawyer, an archbishop and a Dean. Besides the social controversies, the novel demonstrates the specifics of correspondence of XVIII century England, which makes it an educating reading as well as entertaining.