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The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 - Antonia Fraser

The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 - Antonia Fraser

Title: The King and the Catholics

Author:  Antonia Fraser

ISBN:  9781474601931

Weight:  990g

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The King and the Catholics by Antonia Fraser

From beloved historian Antonia Fraser comes the dramatic story of how Catholics in Britain won back their rights after two hundred years of official discrimination.

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 sixteenth century.  Some fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation 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.

Antonia Fraser brings colour and humour to the vivid drama with its huge cast of characters: George III, who opposed Emancipation on the basis of the Coronation Oath; his son, the indulgent Prince of Wales, who was enamoured with the Catholic Maria Fitzherbert before the voluptuous Lady Conyngham; Wellington and the ‘born Tory’ Peel vying for leadership; ‘roaring’ Lord Winchilsea; the heroic Daniel O’Connell.

Expertly written and deftly argued, The King and Catholics is also a distant mirror of our times, reflecting the political issues arising from religious intolerance.

Peer & Press Reviews

Fascinating…  Fraser approaches the subject not as one of arid doctrinal debate, but rather as a story, told by an extraordinary cast of characters.  William Pitt, George Canning, the Duke of Wellington, Robert Peel, Percy Bysshe Shelley, [Daniel] O’Connell and two kings named George all played idiosyncratic parts in this drama.  Supporting actors included some of Fraser’s ancestors, who were active in the opposition to emancipation.  The people make this story.

Gerard DeGroot, Times

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Title The King and the Catholics
Sub title The Fight for Rights 1829
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Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed Yes
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Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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ISBN 13 9781474601931
ISBN 10 1474601936
Format Hardcover with dust jacket

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