The politics of regicide in England, 1760-1850 : troublesome subjects /
Steve Poole.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, c2000.
viii, 232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, c2000.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Steve Poole is Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History at the University of the West of England, Bristol
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
These two books offer a unique opportunity to assess both the past and perhaps the future of studies of political radicalism in Britain during the "age of revolutions." Revolutionary Britannia? is characterized by the sure hand of an experienced and confident historian. Organized chronologically, one of this book's greatest strengths is that it brings a degree of coherence to the otherwise random threads of evidence of revolutionary intrigue, allowing students to better evaluate both real and perceived threats to the British government. Ranging from the plots and agitations that coincided with the French Revolution to 1830s' reform agitation and on to Chartism, Royle (Univ. of York) is especially successful in making this a British and not solely English history. Contemporary Welsh, Scottish, and, perhaps most significantly, Irish radical movements are fully integrated. Royle's sensible and nuanced assessment of the perennial question, "Why was there no revolution in Britain?," will be welcomed by many in the field.Poole (Univ. of the West of England, Bristol) presents an altogether different approach to the history of plebeian radicalism and popular constitutionalism during this era. Using case studies of individuals who attacked or menaced the monarch, Poole suggests that these incidents elucidate a neglected aspect of the history of the British monarchy, namely, the nature of the Crown's relationship to the people. While others have dutifully chronicled the monarchy's "invented traditions," Poole's cases reveal a profound belief in the reciprocal relationship between monarchs and their subjects embodied in the act of petitioning. More importantly, by carefully and successfully placing these personal histories within the wider context of radical political thought and agitation, Poole offers not only fascinating case studies but also a compelling contribution to the study of both the politics of radicalism and the history of the monarchy during this era. Both books will have value for undergraduates through faculty. J. A. Jaffe University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
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Poole links his book to the theme of constitutional petitioning and to popular mythologies surrounding the British constitution. -American Historical Review
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This text reappraises the often complex relationship between British monarchs and some of their more troublesome subjects in the age of revolutions.
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This lively, accessible book reappraises the often complex relationship between British monarchs and their more troublesome subjects in the "age of revolutions." By exploring the efforts of the mad and the politically disaffected to intrude upon, assault, or pester kings and queens from George III to Victoria, Steve Poole casts new light upon the contested languages of constitutionalism, contract theory, and the rights of petition. He offers a detailed look at such unsuccessful and forgotten royal "assassins" as Margaret Nicholson, James Hadfield, and Dennis Collins.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: monarchy, contractualism and historyp. 1
Monarchy and the historical imaginationp. 1
Constitutional contract theory and the Whig tradition in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Englandp. 7
The Crown and the secular magic of petitionp. 25
Petition and the secular divinity of 'the touch'p. 26
Petitioning the throne in custom and practicep. 29
Early murmurs of discontent: popular resistance to George III from Wilkes to Sayrep. 34
Monarchy and the policing of insanityp. 46
Bow Street and the security of the monarchp. 52
Prosecuting troublesome subjectsp. 56
The madness of Margaret Nicholsonp. 69
Treason negated: Nicholson and the familial nationp. 69
Some contexts: Damiens, Byng, Tyrie and Gordonp. 74
Madness constructedp. 77
Nicholson and the publicp. 79
Nicholson and petitioningp. 82
Treason compassed: popular mobilisation and physicality in the 1790sp. 90
Madness, law and the levelling stone of John Frith, 1790p. 90
Political plots and constructive treason: the LCS, petitioning and resistancep. 95
'My Lord, I have been shot at!' The St James's Park riot, 1795p. 103
Aftermathp. 108
Lunacy and politics at fin de siecle, 1800-3p. 120
Cheating death twice, 15 May 1800p. 120
The Hadfield Actp. 125
An epidemic of lunatics: troublesome subjects after Hadfield, 1800-2p. 128
The guards' plot of 1802: Despard and king killingp. 134
The potatoes speak for themselves: regicide, radicalism and George IV, 1811-30p. 142
Resistance rehearsedp. 145
Resistance reconsideredp. 150
Peterloo and beyondp. 154
Collins in context: William IV, affability and the reform crisis, 1830-37p. 162
Affability and the citizen Kingp. 162
Politics and the patriot Kingp. 164
The case of Dennis Collins, 1832p. 168
Monarchy goes private: Peel's Protection Act and the retreat from approachability, 1837-50p. 177
Oxford, Francis and Beanp. 183
Interpretation and punishmentp. 188
Peel's Royal Protection Act, 1842p. 194
The Crown and Government Security Act, 1848p. 198
An English queen's castle is her home: privacy, intrusion and the early Victorian monarchyp. 201
Conclusionp. 212
Select bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 226
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