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Fenian Fire: The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A historical investigation into one of the most serpentine attempts on Queen Victoria's life that reveals for the first time the true instigator at the heart of government. / There were eight attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria during her long reign; four of them were of Irish origin. The most serious of all was the 'Jubilee Plot', a conspiracy apparently hatched in New ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by HarperCollins UK
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Overly detailed but still interesting and sometimes exciting history of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the formation of the Irish Republican Army and the British political police, the so called "Special Branch" which were initially the "Special (Irish) Branch.

Reading "Fenian Fire" shows just how little the attitudes of the English establishment regarding the Irish and Roman Catholics have changed in the past 120 years.

Lots of minutiae regarding raising money in America, shadowing Irish acti
Mike Hogan
An excellent book on a gripping subject. Lord Salisbury, the Prime Minister at the time of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 is at the head of a conspiracy to assassinate the Queen - or at the very least, his minions in Scotland Yard and the Home and Foreign Offices are financing Irish revolutionaries who are pledged ti kill her. It's all stirring stuff, and true!
Mr Campbell makes good use of his sources as the plot weaves from America to France, to Westminster Abbey on the fateful day and
I tried to read it all, but it's just so thorough and detailed. Unfortunately, my command of neither English nor Irish history/government is not strong enough to get all the fine points without laborious research for almost every paragraph. Obviously, this was a major incident and I would love to know more. Political conspiracy is not a new thing and has a long history even in the British Isles.
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