The Life and Times of Thomas, Lord Coningsby: The Whig Hangman and His Victims

The Life and Times of Thomas, Lord Coningsby: The Whig Hangman and His Victims

By: Pat Rogers (author)Paperback

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This book throws fresh light on British and Irish politics at the start of the eighteenth century. It tells for the first time the story of a powerful and eccentric peer, Thomas Coningsby, who played a key role in Ireland as the kings saviour at the Battle of the Boyne and as one of the top administrators of the Protestant ascendancy. It describes his tumultuous career in local and national politics in England, along with his hectic familial and private life, marked by his combative behaviour towards neighbours and tenants in Herefordshire, where he feuded with the Harley clan and the Duke of Chandos. The book describes his bitter quarrels with political rivals and shows how these were enlisted by the greatest poet of the age, Alexander Pope, to form a devastating critique of the Whig revenge against their discredited rivals. Based on extensive use of unpublished archives, including the numerous cache of letters to and from Coningsby; lawsuits; legal documents such as wills and marriage settlements; as well as newspapers, pamphlets and printed sources.

About Author

Pat Rogers is Distinguished University Professor and DeBartolo Chair in the Humanities, University of South Florida, USA. The author or editor of over forty books Rogers has held teaching posts at the universities of Cambridge, London, Wales, and Bristol, and been a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a visiting fellow of Christ Church, Oxford. Currently a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the School for Advanced Study, University of London, he is former President of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and currently a Vice-President of the Johnson Society of London. His recent works include Pope and the Destiny of the Stuarts: History, Politics and Mythology in the Age of Queen Anne (OUP, 2005) and in 2006 he produced the first full scholarly version of Pride and Prejudice for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen as well as editing The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, and serving as associate editor of The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


Introduction; 1 Roots: A Family of Great Note in these Parts; 2 A Tainted Inheritance: Ferdinando Gorges; 3 The Vice-Roy: The Boyne, Gafney and Ranelagh; 4 The Greasy Pole: Godolphin's Ministry and the Trial of Dr Sacheverell; 5 Border Disputes: The Harleys and Herefordshire; 6 The Secret Committee: Matthew Prior; 7 The Bishop and his Ass: Francis Atterbury; 8 Bubbling Up: Chandos and the Lord Chancellor; 9 A Precious Bird in the Cage: The Tower and Sir George Caswall; 10 Rejected Addresses: The Duchess and Lady Catherine; 11 Banks of Wye: Lady Scudamore, Cider, and the Man of Ross; 12 Sir Balaam: Lord Bathurst and Pope's Epistle; Epilogue; References; Sources; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826423924
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 294
  • ID: 9780826423924
  • weight: 589
  • ISBN10: 0826423922

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