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- DescriptionAt approximately 5:15 P.M. on the afteron of May 11, 1812, Spencer Perceval, the all powerful prime minister of Great Britain, was fatally shot at short range in the lobby of Parliament by John Bellingham, a Liverpool businessman. Perceval polarized public opinion: Revered by some and hated by others for his fight against the lucrative slave trade, he domineeringly kept Britain at war against Napoleon and was driving her into war with the United States despite the huge ecomic drain of each, raising taxes to new heights to finance his decisions. Bellingham was t alone in blaming Perceval and his government for their ruius policies; indeed, he claimed to have killed Perceval as a matter of justice, and believed he would t only be exonerated, but also applauded for his action. But he was t to enjoy relief; within a week, granted the briefest of trials that trampled his right to due process, he was hanged.In Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die, Andro Linklater examines the assassination against the dramatic events of the time with the eye and insight of the finest detective. Combing through Bellingham's personal records, including hitherto undiscovered correspondence; piecing together his strange movements through the reports of London's first detective agency; and using the letters and testimony of Bellingham's wife, Linklater convincingly reveals, as body has before, the outlines of a conspiracy. While he fired the shot and was solely charged with the crime, John Bellingham clearly did t, as history has stated, act alone.
- Author BiographyAndro Linklater is the author of Measuring America: How An Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy, The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity, and An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. He lives in England.
- Author(s)Andro Linklater
- PublisherWalker & Company
- Date of Publication11/05/2012
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWalker & Company
- Content Noteblack & white halftones
- Weight494 g
- Width164 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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