Irish Political Trials, 1793–1848: Associationalism, Emotion and Memory

Martyn Powell

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This essay looks to establish commonalities within some of the major political trials in Ireland during the French Revolutionary period. The majority of the coverage dwells upon the period covered by United Irish activity, and focuses in particular on the Sheares brothers, but the run up to 1848 is crucial as it shows the ways in which trials of those earlier radicals influenced later trial performances, and the reporting thereof. There is a deliberate attempt to put the emotion back into the trial experience, as a mode of exploring the ways in which Irish trials could be associational and intimate settings – exhibiting a political culture in their own right.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Trials in an Age of Revolutions
Subtitle of host publicationBritain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848
EditorsMichael T. Davis, Emma Macleod, Gordon Pentland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9783319989594
ISBN (Print)9783319989587
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment, and Justice
PublisherSpringer Nature


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