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The Captain and the King free pdf Essentially a biography of Captain William Henry O'Shea, this book explores his ill-fated relationship with Charles Stewart Parnell and how his failure to secure advancement in his political career and a sequence of business failures resulted in his taking the divorce case against his wife, Katharine, and Parnell. Although no attempt is made to suggest that O'Shea is a sympathetic character, he is portrayed as a more intelligent and complex personality than the stereotypical buffoon and cuckold presented in most historical narratives. While he was a Whig, a place-seeker, a fantasist and suffered from over-weening vanity, he is also representative of a political elite which vanished in the 1880's just as the men who replaced them would disappear in 1918.In addition, almost in spite of himself, he performed some useful services during his sojourn in the House of Commons (1880-86) and, prefigured the clientilist politics of the Irish Free State with his constituency work in Clare in the early to mid 1880's. Through his bizarre association with members of the Fenian movement he, ironically, anticipated the move in the same direction made by Parnell after he lost the leadership of the Irish party.

About Myles Dungan

Myles Dungan is a broadcaster and writer, currently with RTE Radio.His previous books include Speaking Ill of the Dead (ed, New Island,2007), How the Irish Won the West (New Island, 2006), The Stealingof the Irish Crown Jewels (2003) and They Shall not Grow Old (1997).

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Author : Myles Dungan
Publisher : New Island Books
Data Published : 06 March 2009
ISBN : 184840011X
EAN : 9781848400115
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 439 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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