7 April 1994
Show More The Laurel and the Ivy: The Story of Charles Stewart Parnell and Irish Nationalism by Robert Kee.
Hamish Hamilton, 659 pp., £20, November 1993, 0 241 12858 7Show More
The Parnell Split 1890-91 by Frank Callanan.
Cork, 327 pp., £35, November 1992, 0 902561 63 4Show More
“... Sometimes he was Smith, sometimes he was Stewart, and sometimes he was Preston, but the most telling of the aliases Charles Stewart Parnell used to conduct the liaison with Mrs O’shea that eventually destroyed him was undoubtedly ‘Mr Fox’. Revealed by the divorce proceedings of November 1890, which, in wrecking his alliance with Gladstonian Liberalism, cost him his leadership of the Irish Parliamentary party, it rebounded savagely on him in the last, desperate convulsions of his career, as he struggled in a punishing series of by-elections to recover the dominance of the Irish national cause which had been his unchallenged possession for over a decade ...”