British Romanticism and the Catholic Question: Religion, by M. Tomko

By M. Tomko

The talk over extending complete civil rights to British and Irish Catholics not just preoccupied British politics but additionally educated the romantic period's such a lot in demand literary works. This e-book deals the 1st finished, interdisciplinary learn of Catholic Emancipation, one of many romantic period's such a lot contentious matters.

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When news reached Westminster in 1797 that the United Irishmen were mobilizing an army either to lead a revolution or to enable the French Revolutionaries to invade, the government crackdown was severe. Coleridge’s 1797 poem ‘Fire, Famine, and Slaughter’ links Pitt’s bloody suppression of the rebels in Ireland with the devastation that followed the 1793 Catholic counter-revolutionary uprising in the Vendée, a conflict that was intensified and prolonged by British support. The ghoulish voice of ‘fire’ describes the atrocities that would precipitate the Irish rebellion: Sisters!

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 The Purgatorial Politics of the Catholic Question 29 30 British Romanticism and the Catholic Question Despite the similar sublimation of sectarian identities to national unity, there is a major difference between Grattan’s and Owenson’s versions of the reformed nation. Grattan’s militaristic vision issues forth in empire, aligns itself against Napoleon and takes the unified ‘phalanx’ as its governing metaphor. Owenson, by contrast, attempts to bring domestic values of affection, compassion and sympathy to the Catholic Question in order to resolve its factionalism through marriage, not a military formation.

10 The possible collaboration of Irish insurgency with French invaders remained a terrible prospect for Pitt’s government. The government’s draconian reactions to the revolutionary movements became a subject for the young Lake Poets. When news reached Westminster in 1797 that the United Irishmen were mobilizing an army either to lead a revolution or to enable the French Revolutionaries to invade, the government crackdown was severe. Coleridge’s 1797 poem ‘Fire, Famine, and Slaughter’ links Pitt’s bloody suppression of the rebels in Ireland with the devastation that followed the 1793 Catholic counter-revolutionary uprising in the Vendée, a conflict that was intensified and prolonged by British support.

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