Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

‘The Same Power that Scourged us is Now Oppressing You’: The Queen Caroline Affair in North-West England, 1820–1821

Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (2013), 162, (1), 137–158.

Abstract

The furore surrounding George IV’s attempts to rid himself of his estranged wife was a nationwide sensation in 1820–1821, but existing scholarship has focused predominantly on events in the metropolis. This article aims to redress the balance by examining the reaction of political radicals in the North West of England, and particularly the area around Manchester. In doing so, it demonstrates that support for the Queen in this area was coloured by the political culture of the region and, in particular, by the memory of the recent and tragic event of the Peterloo massacre.

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Mather, Ruth