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The extraordinary case in 1874 of the Tichborne Claimant generated the longest trial, to that point, in British legal history. Was the stout man claiming to be the vanished Sir Roger Tichborne really who he said he was; or was he Arthur Orton, a butcher from Wagga Wagga in Australia? Was he the public school educated rightful heir to a landed estate or an ill-educated fraud? Why, if he was a fraud, had the dowager Lady Tichborne recognised him? And what was the truth about his tattoo?

The trial mesmerised the British public and led to furious debate, to the extent that several newspapers were devoted entirely to the case and a Tichbornite candidate won a seat in Parliament. The case divided the nation along political, religious and social lines, and the campaign for justice for the Claimant proved a focus for political activism between the defeat of the Chartists and rise of the Labour Party.

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Rohan McWilliam is Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University and author of Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England and the editor (with Kelly Boyd) of The Victorian Studies Reader (2007).

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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 236 x 156 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. It was called the Tichborne Romance and it became the greatest cause-celebre of the Victorian age. In 1865, a butcher from Wagga Wagga in Australia proclaimed himself to be the English aristocrat, Sir Roger Tichborne, thought to have died at sea many years before. He fetched up in England and insisted on the restoration of the Tichborne inheritance. Some believed him (including many who had known Roger Tichborne) even though he looked nothing like the original. Others insisted that the butcher was an impostor. The Tichborne Claimant s appearance triggered two of the longest trials in English legal history and divided the nation. The public was fascinated by the lurid revelations from the courtroom about seduction, corruption and intrigue amongst both Britain s elite and in the back streets of London. The Claimant became a hero to the working class who insisted that he was genuine and backed a bizarre campaign to support him. An MP was even elected to parliament on the back of the Tichborne cause, which became one of the largest popular agitations of the modern era. Was the Claimant a butcher or a baronet? Rohan McWilliam employs this colourful and sensational story to explore the mentality of the Victorians. From the Australian Bush to the pubs and music halls of London s East End, the book reconstructs the flamboyant exploits of the Claimant and the stories he told about himself. McWilliam recreates the extraordinary personalities that the Claimant attracted including his barrister, Edward Kenealy (an Irish lawyer who saw himself as a religious prophet), the spiritualist Georgina Weldon and the swashbuckling demagogue John De Morgan. In this multi-layered cultural history, McWilliam investigates the case by exploring radical politics, legal London, popular souvenirs, Staffordshire figurines, street music, comedy and melodrama. The book makes the case for seeing the Tichborne cause as an unlikely but vital moment in Britain s political and social development. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781852854782

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Book Description Hambledon & London. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. 384 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.1in. x 1.5in.The extraordinary case in 1874 of the Tichborne Claimant generated the longest trial, to that point, in British legal history. Was the stout man claiming to be the vanished Sir Roger Tichborne really who he said he was; or was he Arthur Orton, a butcher from Wagga Wagga in Australia Was he the public school educated rightful heir to a landed estate or an ill-educated fraud Why, if he was a fraud, had the dowager Lady Tichborne recognised him And what was the truth about his tattoo The trial mesmerised the British public and led to furious debate, to the extent that several newspapers were devoted entirely to the case and a Tichbornite candidate won a seat in Parliament. The case divided the nation along political, religious and social lines, and the campaign for justice for the Claimant proved a focus for political activism between the defeat of the Chartists and rise of the Labour Party. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 9781852854782

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