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Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London the london journal, 2022, 1–2 Book Review Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London.ByVIC GATRELL. Pp. xxiii + 451. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. £25.00. ISBN 978-1-108-83848-1. Hardback. London in 1820 was the capital of an expanding and fabulously wealthy empire, fresh from an epoch-defining victory against the forces of Napoleon at Waterloo. Yet the discrepancy between the elevated reputation of the nation abroad and the reality of penury and oppres- sion at home had become too stark to bear. Some saw no solution other than desperate attempts to foment revolution. This book is the account of the most infamous of these plots: the Cato Street Conspiracy. It is a triumph for both the professional historian and the general reader, starting with the carefully considered, incremental structure of the volume as it moves from the bare bones of the plot, through its various interpretations, to the wider political situation, the personalities involved and finally the trials themselves. To further its ambition, rich illustration in the form of a timeline of events, contemporary maps, illustrations, and portraits of protagonists all assist in imagining the narrative and its background. Despite its imperial reach, on its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The London Journal: A Review of Metropolitan Society Past and Present Taylor & Francis

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

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the london journal, 2022, 1–2 Book Review Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London.ByVIC GATRELL. Pp. xxiii + 451. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. £25.00. ISBN 978-1-108-83848-1. Hardback. London in 1820 was the capital of an expanding and fabulously wealthy empire, fresh from an epoch-defining victory against the forces of Napoleon at Waterloo. Yet the discrepancy between the elevated reputation of the nation abroad and the...
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Taylor & Francis
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© The London Journal Trust 2022
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1749-6322
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0305-8034
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10.1080/03058034.2022.2137372
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the london journal, 2022, 1–2 Book Review Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London.ByVIC GATRELL. Pp. xxiii + 451. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. £25.00. ISBN 978-1-108-83848-1. Hardback. London in 1820 was the capital of an expanding and fabulously wealthy empire, fresh from an epoch-defining victory against the forces of Napoleon at Waterloo. Yet the discrepancy between the elevated reputation of the nation abroad and the reality of penury and oppres- sion at home had become too stark to bear. Some saw no solution other than desperate attempts to foment revolution. This book is the account of the most infamous of these plots: the Cato Street Conspiracy. It is a triumph for both the professional historian and the general reader, starting with the carefully considered, incremental structure of the volume as it moves from the bare bones of the plot, through its various interpretations, to the wider political situation, the personalities involved and finally the trials themselves. To further its ambition, rich illustration in the form of a timeline of events, contemporary maps, illustrations, and portraits of protagonists all assist in imagining the narrative and its background. Despite its imperial reach, on its

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The London Journal: A Review of Metropolitan Society Past and PresentTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 10, 2022

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