Crown and Shamrock: Love and Hate Between Ireland and the British Monarchy

By Mary Kenny

6 ratings - 3.33* vote

Based on unique access to the Royal Archives in Windsor, and other historical material, as well as on personal memoir, Mary Kenny reveals some previously unappreciated aspects of the Crown and Shamrock, including Edward VII's exceptionally benign attitudes to Catholics, George V's obsessive worries about civil war between North and South, and how Ireland was constitutional Based on unique access to the Royal Archives in Windsor, and other historical material, as well as on personal

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Book details

Paperback, 416 pages
May 8th 2009 by New Island
Original Title
Crown and Shamrock: Love and Hate Between Ireland and the British Monarchy
ISBN
190549498X (ISBN13: 9781905494989)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Louise Culmer

A very interesting and entertaining account of the relationship between the irish people and the British monarchy, from the reign of Queen Victoria onwards. Mary Kenny discusses the way irish people have felt about the monarchy, before and after Ireland gained its independence. I particularly enjoyed her description of her mother's feelings about Edward VIII's abdication in 1936:

'My mother, then a woman of 34 with three young children, thought it was simply the most romantic story in the world; she also saw it as a tribute to women in general that a woman could wield such power over a king. It meant much more to her - in terms of female empowerment - than carrying placards and placing bombs in letterboxes, as the suffragettes had done.'

A very enjoyable book on Irish/British history.

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