Wolfe Tone

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Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763-1798) was the founder of Irish Republican nationalism. As such his political ideas and the circumstances of his life and early death have become powerful political weapons in the hands of later nationalists. Today his name still arouses strong passions and he is hailed as the first prophet of an independent Ireland. Published originally in 1989, Marianne Elliott’s book was the first major biography of Tone, using a wealth of new material to examine his personal life and public actions. Tracing him from his upbringing as a member of the Protestant elite, through his involvement in Irish radical politics, his exile in America, his secret negotiations with the French and return to Ireland with a French invasion force, to his trial for treason and his suicide while awaiting execution, it was a monumental publication that won numerous awards and gained much praise. This second edition brings this award-winning book up to date with new scholarship, new historical insights and fresh insights by Professor Marianne Elliott herself, making a crucial publication for all scholars and readers of Irish history.

List of Illustrations and Maps Acknowledgements A Tribute to Kay Dickason Introduction Part I Early Life (1763–1790) 1. Family and Education 2. Sentimental Schooling 3. Middle Temple 4. Gentleman of the Law Part II Politics (1790–1791) 5. Whig 6. Radical Part III Across the Religious Divide (1791) 7. Anti-Popery and the Rise of Presbyterian Radicalism 8. Argument on Behalf of the Catholics 9. Belfast and the Society of United Irishmen Part IV Agent to the Catholics (1792–1793) 10. Uniting the Sects 11. Catholic Agent 12. Mission to the North 13. Ascendancy on the Attack 14. Catholic Convention 15. Hopes Dashed Part V War Crisis (1793) 16. Witch Hunt 17. The United Irish Society in Disarray Part VI Revolutionary (1794–1795) 18. Treason 19. Emergence of a Revolutionary 20. Exile in America Part VII Mission to France (1796–1797) 21. Republican ‘Ambassador’ in Paris 22. Irish Invasion Plans 23. Adjutant-General 24. Bantry Bay 25. Roving Mission in Northern Europe 26. Demise of Hoche Part VIII Final Days (1797–1798) 27. Mission in Decline 28. Crisis 29. Trial and Death 30. Aftermath Conclusion: The Cult of Tone Notes Select Bibliography Index

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