The killing of Major Denis Mahon: a mystery of old Ireland

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The Killing of Major Denis Mahon is the riveting true story of a controversial murder that casts new light on the Great Irish Famine. At the height of the famine now considered the greatest social disaster to strike nineteenth-century Europe, Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon from County Roscommon was assassinated as he drove his carriage through his property, which was filled with thousands of starving tenants. Mahon had removed 3,000 of his 12,000 tenants by offering some passage to America aboard disease-ridden "coffin ships," giving others a pound or two to leave peaceably, and sending the sheriff to evict the rest. His murder sparked a sensation and drove many of the world's most powerful leaders, from the queen of England to the pope, to debate its meaning.

Award-winning journalist Peter Duffy tells, for the first time, the story of the assassination and its connection to the cataclysm that would forever change Ireland and America. With full access to historical records, including Mahon's private papers, government documents, and extensive court and police files, Duffy tries to uncover the truth about Mahon's murder and the role he did--or did not--play in the sufferings of his tenants, while also shedding new light on the horrific struggles of the starving and impoverished Irish.

Gripping, revealing, and heartbreaking, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon is the incredible investigation of the great, unsatisfactorily solved crime of Irish history, and a fresh examination of the horrors of the Great Famine.

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display_descriptionA narrative account of the nineteenth-century assassination of an Anglo-Irish landlord whose demise occurred at the height of the Great Irish Famine evaluates Mahon's possible role in the sufferings of his tenants and draws on the observations of powerful period leaders.
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ils:.b27590124BookBooks1st ed.EnglishHarperCollins, [2007]xiii, 368 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetCase studies
Famines -- Ireland -- History
Homicide -- Ireland -- Case studies
Ireland -- History
Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901
Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852
Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
Land tenure -- Ireland -- History
Landlord and tenant -- Ireland -- History
Mahon, Denis
Poor -- Ireland -- History
Roscommon (Ireland : County) -- Social conditions
Social conflict -- Ireland -- History
title_displayThe killing of Major Denis Mahon : a mystery of old Ireland
title_fullThe killing of Major Denis Mahon : a mystery of old Ireland / Peter Duffy
title_shortThe killing of Major Denis Mahon
title_suba mystery of old Ireland
Land tenure
Landlord and tenant
Mahon, Denis
Politics and government
Social conditions
Social conflict