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The Irish assassins: conspiracy, revenge and the murders that stunned an Empire /

by Kavanagh, Julie, Published by : Grove Press, (London :) , 2021 Physical details: xv, 476 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm. ISBN:9781611854510 (pbk.).
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The leader -- That half-mad firebrand -- The "Irish soup" thickens -- Fire beneath the ice -- Captain Moonlight -- The invincibles -- Coercion-in-cottonwool -- Mayday -- Falling soft -- Mallon's manhunt -- Concocting and "peaching" -- Who is number one? -- Marwooded -- An abyss of infamy -- The assassin's assassin -- Irresistible impulse.

In May 1882, a double murder occurred in full daylight in Dublin's Phoenix Park. One victim was an Irish bureaucrat, Thomas Burke; the other was Lord Frederick Cavendish, gentle aristocrat and much-loved protege of Prime Minister William Gladstone. Shockwaves from the stabbings were felt from Windsor Castle to Donegal, and the campaign for Home Rule suffered a serious blow. The Irish Assassins sheds new light on this low point in the vexed relationship between Ireland and England. With great skill and eloquence, acclaimed biographer Julie Kavanagh restores formidable characters like inspiring Irish leader Charles Parnell, his mistress Katharine O'Shea and the widowed Lucy Cavendish to vivid life in her account of a seminal incident whose aftereffects still resonate today.

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