Fenian Fire: The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria

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A historical investigation into one of the most serpentine attempts on Queen Victoria’s life that reveals for the first time the true instigator at the heart of government.

• There were eight attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria during her long reign; four of them were of Irish origin. The most serious of all was the ‘Jubilee Plot’, a conspiracy apparently hatched in New York by the Fenian Brotherhood to blow up the Queen, her family and most of the British Cabinet with dynamite at the great service of thanksgiving to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her accession, held at Westminster Abbey in June 1887.
• The plot was ‘uncovered’ by Scotland Yard with just a few days to go. Several of the bombers were caught, tried and sentenced to penal servitude for life. But – warned off in time – the master bomber escaped to America…
• Now, using recently declassified Foreign Office Secret files (marked ‘Fenian Brotherhood’), the author discloses for the first time the huge secret at the heart of the British counter-intelligence operation against militant Irish nationalists: the entire conspiracy was masterminded for its own reasons by a clandestine British agency reporting directly to the Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury.

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"O'Kelly shows considerable narrative gifts. His writing is rich, packed with telling detail, but always retains a lightness of touch" -- Daily Telegraph

' Campbell's research is prodigious and largely original ' -- Daily Telegraph

' a brilliant piece of historical investigation...his story is sensational' -- The Spectator

' compelling passages...riveting...original and clever...Campbell is making this type of breezy investigative history his own ' -- Sunday Times

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