Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland

Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland

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by Peter Duffy
     
 

At the height of the Irish Famine, now considered the greatest social disaster to strike nineteenth-century Europe, Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated as he drove his carriage through his property in County Roscommon. Mahon had already removed 3,000 of his 12,000 starving tenants by offering some passage to America aboard disease-ridden "coffin

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At the height of the Irish Famine, now considered the greatest social disaster to strike nineteenth-century Europe, Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated as he drove his carriage through his property in County Roscommon. Mahon had already removed 3,000 of his 12,000 starving tenants by offering some passage to America aboard disease-ridden "coffin ships," giving others a pound or two to leave peaceably, and sending the sheriff to evict the rest. His murder sparked a sensation and drove many of the world's most powerful leaders, from the queen of England to the pope, to debate its meaning. Now, for the first time, award-winning journalist Peter Duffy tells the story of this assassination and its connection to the cataclysm that would forever change Ireland and America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060840518
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
499,896
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents


Prologue     ix
The Consent of Things     1
Until Decisive Steps Are Taken     25
In the Name of God Do Something for Us     58
Good and Willing; Idle and Bad     73
The Supernumerary Portion of the Inhabitants     91
Quiet and Peaceable Possession     109
Wretched, Sickly, Miserable     123
Upon Their Devoted Heads Let the Result Lye     136
That Flame Which Now Rages     150
Guilty of the Blood of the Murdered Major Mahon     164
Decided Measures     183
Summum Jus, Summa Injuria     204
So Injudicious a Course     225
Conspire, Confederate, and Agree Together     237
It Has Been Indeed, Really Proved     263
This Melancholy Exhibition of Human Suffering     282
Epilogue     295
Notes     313
Acknowledgments     343
Index     345

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