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Liberator: The Life and Death of Daniel O'Connell, 1830-1847 [Hardcover]

Patrick M. Geoghegan
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22 Oct 2010
In this sequel to his critically acclaimed King Dan, Patrick Geoghegan examines the latter part of O'Connell's life and career. Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) was one of the most remarkable people in nineteenth-century Europe. Almost uniquely he combined liberalism and Catholicism. His name was mentioned admiringly by figures as diverse as Chateaubriand, Goethe and Montalembert. Famous in his day as the most feared lawyer in Ireland, he was the prime organiser of Irish nationalist politics in its modern form. His success in securing the passage of the Catholic Emancipation Act at Westminster in 1829 was a seminal achievement in Anglo-Irish history. Known after emancipation as The Liberator, O'Connell became a world figure and one of the most significant power-brokers at Westminster in the late Georgian and early Victorian era. His series of alliances with the Whig governments of Lord Melbourne in the 1830s set Irish nationalism on a parliamentary path that it pursued through the rest of the nineteenth century and which, after the hiatus of the Irish revolution 1916-22, it resumed on securing independence. O'Connell was regarded as a giant of international politics, probably the most famous Irish political figure ever on the international stage.

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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; First Edition edition (22 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717146650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717146659
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 913,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A very readable and entertaining portrait of O'Connell the man.' -- The Irish Mail on Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Dr Patrick M. Geoghegan is Associate Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin. He teaches in the School of Histories and Humanities and is the presenter of the award-winning Talking History on Newstalk. His previous books include King Dan: The Rise of Daniel O Connell, 1775 1829 (2008), biographies of Robert Emmet (2002), and Lord Castlereagh (2002), and The Irish Act of Union (1999).

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A pacey account of the final years of the Liberator. Recounts in full colour the political giant that this peaceful agitator was. I would highly recommend this book to those who intuit something great to be grasped from the history of the pursuit of Irish freedom. It is can be found in the legacy of O'Connell, who could say that "human blood is no cement for the temple of human liberty". The time has surely come for Daniel O'Connell to step out from the shadows of Collins and De Valera (the political inheritors of the Young Ireland secession).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Biography of a Great Man 10 Aug 2013
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Daniel O'Connell is one of the greatest ever - if not THE greatest - Irishmen, a colossus who dominated the political life of the first half of the 19th century, and this biography - and it's companion volume King Dan - brings him wonderfully to life. It is beautifully written and we follow Dan throughout his triumphs and his failures and we get know him as a person with his foibles, faults and virtues. He was uncompromising in his non-violent approach to effecting change and for that he is much more worthy of our admiration than the psychotic gunmen who came to the fore in the early part of the 20th century and whose baleful legacy is still with us. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the making of modern Ireland and whose knowledge of O'Connell may be somewhat sketchy (as mine was). It is an outstanding biography.
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