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Peterloo

By Graham Phythian

9780750967495

ISBN: 9780750967495

Published: 01-08-2018


Peterloo

By Graham Phythian

ISBN: 9780750967495

Published: 01-08-2018

About This Book

Unsurprisingly, emotive responses have coloured many commentaries on the massacre of St Peter’s Field on 16 August 1819. Many descriptions of the incident, for reasons of self-interest, lack of information, or political dishonesty, have done poor service to the complete, unvarnished truth. This book sets out to reconsider three aspects of Peterloo: the forewarnings, the flashpoint, and the aftermath. In each case, extremes of language are avoided as hard evidence, and preference is given to the rarely cited words of the many women involved, and the more balanced views of those eyewitnesses who had a good vantage point: in the nearby houses, on the hustings, and on horseback.

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