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Chapter 13 - Conspirators and Others

from Part Four - Ordinary Britons

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 April 2022

Vic Gatrell
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University of Cambridge
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In and after 1819, particularly after Peterloo, support for radical change among disfranchised Londoners broadened. The conspirators themselves were ‘ordinary Britons’. In no senses part of the ‘mob’, they were craftsmen with families who were losing craft status and income in the worsening post-war economy. Many had the common disabilities of the poor, but Wivell’s extraordinary prison portraits show their common humanity. Most were shoemakers, a craft that was famously literate, thoughtful, and radical.

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Conspiracy on Cato Street
A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London
, pp. 285 - 304
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conspirators and Others
  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Conspiracy on Cato Street
  • Online publication: 06 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974981.014
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  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
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  • Conspirators and Others
  • Vic Gatrell, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Conspiracy on Cato Street
  • Online publication: 06 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108974981.014
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