The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 (Hardback)
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'Utterly gripping and consistently witty' - Damian Thompson, Literary Review

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.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474601931
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 163 x 244 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Tells the story with erudition and a tremendous sense of fun. Every page is shot through with humour and humanity.' - The Guardian

'… explored with great skill and elan by a historian who knows how to tell a good story'. - The Sunday Times

'Utterly gripping and consistently witty' - Damian Thompson, Literary Review

'An absolutely splendid book' A. N. Wilson, The Spectator

'Fraser knows better than anybody how to make political and religious history fun' - The Sunday Times

'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, The Times

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