From Behind a Closed Door: Secret Court Martial Records of the 1916 Easter Rising

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After quashing the Easter Rising of 1916, the British army court-martialled almost two hundred prisoners. Around ninety of them received death sentences, but the death penalty was confirmed only for the fifteen men considered by the British to be the leaders. All fifteen were executed.
For most of the twentieth century, official British records of the fifteen trials were kept a close secret and were in fact only released in 1999. Further material released in 2001 included the trial of Countess Markievicz and important evidence about 'shoot to kill' British military tactics.
These records, the subject of heated speculation and propaganda for over eighty years, are now presented in this book. The complete transcripts are all here, together with photographs of the Rising, the fifteen leaders and the key British players. Brian Barton's incisive commentary explains the context of the trials and the motivations of the leaders, providing an invaluable insight into what went on behind a closed door at a defining moment in Irish history.

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Brian Barton was born in County Donegal in 1944 and educated at Methodist College Belfast. He graduated from Queen's University in Belfast in 1967 with a BA in Modern History and was later awarded an MA by the University of Ulster and a Ph.D. by Queen's in 1986. He has taught and lectured at secondary and tertiary levels, and is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Politics at Queen's University. Previous publications include The Blitz and The Pocket History of Ulster.

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'a particularly riveting read' Belfast Telegraph 'First-class research combined with an ability to produce a highly-readable account' News Letter

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