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The textual ruins of The Milesian chief
Christina Morin

otherwise – in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. 44 Anglo-Irish writers in particular, in dealing with the violence of 1798, frequently turned to the 1641 rebellion as proof that the past was repeating itself. In this supposition, they seemed justified when faced with the 1803 rebellion and, later, the fomentation of the Emancipation campaign. Such repetitions were clearly on Maturin’s mind in writing The

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
The Albigenses as historical novel
Christina Morin

-Irish population. By the time The Albigenses had been published, in fact, a kind of paper war was already being waged on both sides of the sectarian divide about the true aim of the Catholic Emancipation campaign. Pamphlets such as the 1823 An address to the Protestant gentry of Ireland , by ‘a clergyman of the Established Church’, accused Ireland’s Catholic population and its apologists of attempting not

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

, the slave trade had been abolished less than a decade earlier in 1807. Slavery itself would continue for nearly thirty years more, until the Abolition of Slavery Bill in 1833 freed slaves in August 1834. This did not become truly effective until 1838, when interim measures of enforced apprenticeship ended. Between abolition and emancipation, campaigners on all sides of the debate bombarded the British public. On 16 March 1824

in Dangerous bodies