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This review is from: Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister (Hardcover)
Spencer Perceval has been relegated to a pub quiz question - who is the only Prime Minister to have been assassinated? Many people are unaware of the fact. This book tries to right that and gives an impressive commentary of the events that occurred in the House of Commons in 1812. We hear about Perceval's autocratic Premiership and the travails of his assassin, John Bellingham - a tragically flawed character who blamed the government for his business failings and imprisonment in Russia. Linklater offers something new by digging into how Bellingham managed to fund his three-month stay in London prior to the assassination and suggests that he was funded by anti-Perceval interests who hoped to bring down the Prime Minister - although how far they were aware of Bellingham's ultimate intentions, rather than attacking the government in court, is unclear. Well-written, easy to follow, this is an excellent accessible history of a mostly forgotten subject.