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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

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Manchester, August 1819: 60,000 people had gathered in the cause of parliamentary reform. To those defending the status quo, the vote was not a universal right, but a privilege of wealth and land ownership. To radical reformers the fundamental overhaul of a corrupt system was long overdue. The people had come to hear one such reformer, Henry Hunt, from all over Lancashire, ...more
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Published October 18th 2018 by Head of Zeus (first published 2018)
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Paul
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peterloo - an unflinching portrait of Manchester's bloody massacre

2019 will mark the 200th anniversary since the Peterloo massacre, for which Manchester has been planning for quite some time. There are books planned, a monument to be unveiled, a film, and the website is already up and running. For those of us in the ‘know’ this is an important date for us to remember.

As a historian, who was able to study the Peterloo Massacre as part of my A level on British History. As a historian of Manchester
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Rupert
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was aware of the Peterloo Massacre, having studied British political history at school, but all these years later, I'd have been hard pushed to say what happened, or why it was important. Thanks to Jacqueline Riding's thoroughly-researched book (much of it drawing on archival sources), I now know what unfolded when about 60,000 deliberately peaceful protesters met to demand parliamentary reform on St Peter's Field in Manchester on 16 August 1819 - and two squadrons of poorly-trained and ill-di ...more
Julia Brannan
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having recently seen the excellent film of the same name on which the author is credited as the historian, I decided to read her book to get some background information on an event I knew almost nothing about, in spite of being brought up in Manchester. There were no school lessons, no commemorations and no monument to this tragedy.
I am so glad that I chose to read this book to learn more. It's extremely well written, and manages to be very readable whilst also very informative, qualities rarely
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G.J. Griffiths
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This fascinating "book of the film" - Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh - gave some wonderful and equally disturbing insights into the events that led up to, and resulting consequences of the traumatic hustings in St. Peter's Field, Manchester, on Monday 16th August 1819. The descriptions of the many main characters, such as Henry Hunt, Samuel Bamford, Lord Sidmouth, Joseph Nadin and various magistrates, gave the reader some kind of balance to the context but did not change my overall final emoti ...more
Damon
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a fascinating look at a critical moment in British history. The working class of Manchester and the North West fought and died for a vote so many now take for granted.
Richard Jarrald
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, in-depth account of the run up and aftermath of the Peterloo massacre. Well worth a read; engaging and thought provoking, and relevant even today.
Martin Empson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable account of the Peterloo Massacre in its wider context. Full review to follow.
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I enjoyed this book, which draws a good balance between describing the leading personalities involved in the Peterloo massacre, and giving an overview of British society in the wake of the Napoleonic wars. Riding plainly has more sympathy to the reformers and radicals than their conservative opponents, although given the mismatch of intellectual honesty between the two sides, that is hardly surprising.

Overviews of the reform movement and various institutions of the time are given, and there is a
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Dr Jacqueline Riding is an English art historian, historian, adviser and author. She specialises in British history and art of the long eighteenth century. She is an experienced adviser and consultant for museums, historic buildings and film. She was the historical and art historical consultant for Mike Leigh’s award-winning feature film Mr. Turner (2014) and his new film Peterloo (2018).