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Crown and Shamrock

Crown and Shamrock


by Mary Kenny

In a fascinating study of the links between Ireland and the British Monarchy, well-known writer and journalist Mary Kenny has found a fresh perspective in the relationship between Britain and Ireland. The relationships between royalty, past and present, are examined and illustrated in an absorbing, beautifully written account.

C-format, paperback |350pp | ISBN: 978-1-90549-498-9 | Release Date: September 2009

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Based on unique access to the Royal Archives in Windsor, and other historical material, as well as on personal memoir, Mary Kenny reveals some previously unappreciated aspects of the Crown and Shamrock, including Edward VII's exceptionally benign attitudes to Catholics, George V's obsessive worries about civil war between North and South, and how Ireland was constitutionally altered (and morally riven) by the Abdication Crisis of 1936. The author of Goodbye to Catholic Ireland, Mary Kenny also traces the parallel rise of Ireland's Alternative Monarchy, the Pope, and the ceremonial role of the Catholic church which all but replaced the ritual of discarded royalty.


Mary Kenny’s meticulous research ensures an astute, assured read on Irish-Royal relations... a fine book, well researched and eminently readable.
— Sunday Independent
Solid, thoughtful and eminently readable book that provides a highly original take on the rocky relationship between Britain and Ireland.
— The Irish Times
By concentrating on an unusual subject - and through her formidable researches at the Royal Archives at Windsor - the author has succeeded in throwing a spotlight onto one of the darker episodes of recent British and Irish history. In doing so she has illuminated a fair slice of murky material, not all of it creditable to the powers-that-be of what used to symbolise a two-part kingdom.
— The Telegraph
Throughout, she displays the engaging individuality and the eye for an entertaining detail that have made her such a wonderful journalist. It is not an easy book to put down.
— The Tablet