KING AND THE CATHOLICS: The Fight for Rights 1829


KING AND THE CATHOLICS: The Fight for Rights 1829

ANTONIA FRASER    Book Number: 86867    Product format: Hardback

An 1829 rhyme goes "Oh! Member for Oxford, you shuffle and wield you have altered your name from RPeel to Repeal." The story of Catholic Emancipation begins with the violent anti-Catholic Gordon Riots in 1780, fuelled by the reduction in Penal Laws against the Roman Catholics harking back to the 16th century. The passing of the Bill was hailed as a 'bloodless revolution'. Had the Irish Catholics been a 'millstone' as described by an English aristocrat, or were they the prime movers? While the English Catholic aristocracy and the Irish peasants and merchants approached the Catholic Question in very different ways, they manifestly shared the same objective. Expertly written and deftly argued, Antonia Fraser brings colour and humour to the vivid drama with a huge cast of characters - George III who opposed Emancipation on the basis of the Coronation Oath; his indulgent son the Prince of Wales, who was once enamoured with the Catholic Maria Fitzherbert before the voluptuous Lady Conyngham; Wellington and the 'born Tory' Robert Peel vying for leadership; 'Roaring' Lord Winchilsea and the heroic Daniel O'Connell. Narrative history at its very best and a timely reflection on the political issues arising from religious intolerance. 319pp, well illustrated with colour plates.
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