Robert Emmet: A Life

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2002 - 348 páginas
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Romantic, impulsive and doomed, Robert Emmet is one of the great tragic heroes of Irish history. Robert Emmet (1778-1803) was one Ireland's most romantic revolutionaries. The youngest son of Ireland's state physician, he was educated privately at Trinity College Dublin and, like many young people, was caught up in the fervour of the French Revolution. Expelled from Trinity in 1798 after involvement in insurrections in Ireland, he left for the Continent, where he met both Napoleon and Talleyrand. On his return to Dublin he organised and led the doomed insurrection of May 1803. Undone by lack of foreign help and probable betrayal by spies, Emmet was tried and executed, but not before making a speech from the dock which has resonated through subsequent Irish history. Patrick Geoghegan re-examines the facts of Emmet's life and draws on new material from archives in Britain, France, the United States, and Ireland to show how Emmet's plans for rebellion, although undermined by internal disagreements, were much more ingenious than previously believed.

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1920 September 1803
3
the Sarah Curran story
23
Conspiracies and connections
38
the early life of Robert Emmet
51
the imagination of an insurrection
86
Return to Ireland
116
23 July 1803
154
The pursuit of Robert Emmet
183
The trial of Robert Emmet
226
death and reinvention
255
The Temple and Emmet genealogy
272
Manifesto of the provisional government
288
Abbreviations
297
Bibliography
328
Index
338
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Captivity and crossexamination
201

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Patrick M. Geoghegan is a lecturer in the Department of Modern History in Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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