Thomas Pakenham

Life
Author of The Year of Liberty: The Story of the Great Irish Rebellion of 1798 (London:Houghton & Stoddard 1969; Panther 1972), representing the rebellin as the outcome of govermental abuses and the deorganised fanaticism of a priest-led jacquerie; also Meeting with Remarkable Trees (1997).

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Quotations
Who Fears to Speak?: ‘who were these peasants who could stand up to twelve hours of continuous fighting, who could charge time and time again into the cannon’s mouth …?’ (p.215; cited in Canavan, op. cit., p.161.)

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Notes
Colm Tóibín offers criticisms of the standpoint taken in The Year of Liberty in ‘New Ways to Kill Your Father: Historical Revisionism’, in Karl-Heinz Westarp and Michael Böss, eds., Ireland: Towards new Identities? (Aarhus UP 1998), pp.28-36; cites in Tony Canavan, reviewing rep. edn., in Books Ireland, Summer 1998, p.161.

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