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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 uestion 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 THE CATHOLICS is also a distant mirror of our times reflecting the political issues arising from religious intoleranceThe 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 uestion 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 THE CATHOLICS is also a distant mirror of our times reflecting the political issues arising from religious intoleranceThe 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 uestion 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 THE CATHOLICS is also a distant mirror of our times reflecting the political issues arising from religious intolerance


8 thoughts on “King & The Catholics

  1. says:

    The Fight for Catholic Emancipation is a long and protracted fight which reached its epi centre in the pivotal and convulsive year of 1829 Who better then award winning andueen of Historical biographersLady Antonia Fraser to guide us through the perplexing seuence of events and dramatic happenings which led to the passing of this important and ground breaking bill which finally secured Catholic emancipation after centuries of persecution and religious intoleration As ever Lady Fraser's' exhaustive and thoroughly researched text is fully examined in four sections totalling fourteen chapters in all This is a brilliant analysis of the dramatic and often conflicting events which is vividly brought to life through the central and important figures of the day such as the high Tory king George IV Robert Peel Tory Leader Viscount Conyngham The Duke of Wellington and Daniel O'Connell Often narrated with Lady Fraser's' inimitable and humorous style The story begins with the violent Gordon riots of 1780 which are pivotal to an understanding of the paralysis and conformity of England in the late Eighteenth Century and crucial to events which polarised and galvinised a whole generation and the creation of a movement devoted to the cause of Catholic Emancipation This book is a delight to read and fully informs the reader in a comprehensive and erudite style the significant characters and events which helped bring about this decisive and important Bills in English history Lady Fraser is always accessible and yet complete in her analysis of events and characters which are indicitive of her formidable writing power which is not bettered by any living historian in my humble opinion In my opinion as always with Lady Fraser this is an unput downable book and one i would urge you to order from now


  2. says:

    I have only got half way through but I am finding it less interesting than I hope It seems to dip about from one thing to another and repeat the same information


  3. says:

    Very well received gift by recipient who has an extensive knowledge of Church history and he is finding it enjoyable and informative


  4. says:

    What an informative and very well written book Written with understanding of both sides of this great issue Loved the knowledge I learned if not some of the content the bigotry of the time was difficult to bear I’m about to order another of this author’s books


  5. says:

    Helps to understand the fraught relationship between the Anglo Catholics and the British establishment both Monarchy and Parliament Which progressed well into the 20th Century


  6. says:

    An excellent book the contents of which have been thoroughly researched and the time of the period masterly portrayed I read her Gunpowder Plot so I knew what to expect


  7. says:

    An excellent book highly recommanded in order to better understand british and irish history


  8. says:

    Absorbingly interesting and of course will written and researched