The Politics of Regicide in England, 1760-1850: Troublesome Subjects

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - History - 232 pages
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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.
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.
  

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Contents

The Crown and the secular magic of petition
25
Monarchy and the policing of insanity
46
The madness of Margaret Nicholson
69
popular mobilisation and physicality in
90
Lunacy and politics at fin de siecle 18003
120
regicide radicalism
142
William IV affability and the reform crisis
162
Peels Protection Act and the retreat from
177
Conclusion
212
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The Pentrich Rising of 1817
2. Chapter Two - Repression, Ambiguity and Revolution ......................... .......................... 8. Chapter Three - Old Tommy, the Nottingham ...
www.pentrich.org.uk/ documents/ a.j.bunting.pentrich.pdf

About the author (2000)

Steve Poole is Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History at the University of the West of England.

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