The story of Catholic emancipation begins with the violent anti-Catholic Gordon riots in 1780, fuelled by the lessening of penal laws dating back to the 16th century. Some fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation Bill was hailed as a 'bloodless revolution'.
Antonia Fraser brings colour and humour to this vivid drama with its huge cast of characters: King George III, who opposed emancipation on the basis of his coronation oath; his indulgent son, the Prince of Wales, enamoured of Catholic Maria Fitzherbert; Wellington and Peel; 'roaring' lord Winchelsea; and heroic Daniel O'Connell.
This book is a distant mirror of our own times reflecting the political and social issues arising from religious tolerance.
This evening's Good Books event with Lady Antonia Fraser will begin with 40-minutes in conversation with Professor Peter Davidson (Oxford University) and Stephen Withnell (Stonyhurst College) followed by an opportunity for audience questions.
The evening begins at 7.00pm at the London Jesuit Centre.
Admission is free but by ticket only. You can register for a ticket here.
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