Truth and treason! or a narrative of the royal procession to the House of Peers, October the 29th, 1795
By 1795 Britain had been at war with France for two years, placing enormous strain on the economy. Food shortages were experienced up and down the country, and the government was loathed by many sections of society for its dogged pursuit of war. In October that year a coach carrying George III to the state opening of parliament was attacked by an angry mob, who hissed at the monarch and shouted ‘down with George, No King, No Pitt, No war’. The windows of the royal coach were smashed and the king was shot at by an air gun.
The attack on the king offered the government further justification for introducing punitive legislation designed to restrict the activities of radicals and political opponents. The legislation aimed to curb the meetings of the London Corresponding Society and other political radicals who advocated parliamentary reform by peaceful means. The violence demonstrated towards the king alarmed many politicians about the revolutionary and republican aspects of protest who responded with by an increasingly severe set of political measures during the 1790s.
- Full title:
- Truth and treason! or a narrative of the royal procession to the House of Peers, October the 29th, 1795. To which is added, an account of the martial procession to Covent-Garden Theatre, on the evening of the 30th
- estimated 1795, probably London
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- Public Domain
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- British Library
- Article by:
- Andrew Lincoln
- Power and politics, Poverty and the working classes, Romanticism
The French Revolution inspired London radicals and reformers to increase their demands for change. Others called for moderation and stability, while the government tried to suppress radical activity. Professor Andrew Lincoln describes the political environment in which William Blake was writing.
- Article by:
- Ruth Mather
- Power and politics
Ruth Mather considers how Britain's intellectual, political and creative circles responded to the French Revolution.