Announcement: ‘William Godwin’s Visit to Ireland, 1800’

Pamela Clemit and Jenny McAuley have published a co-authored essay, ‘ “A nation in its last moments”: William Godwin’s Visit to Ireland, 1800,’ in History Ireland, 23: 4 (July/Aug. 2015). The article draws on the letters written by Godwin to his friends James Marshall and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They provide an eyewitness account of aspects of Irish social and political life at a critical moment in the country’s history.

KW131089 Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland, from 'Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland' by George Virtue, 1860s (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54) (after); Private Collection; Ken Welsh; English,  out of copyright Godwin undertook the ‘Wicklow Tour’, a fashionable tourist itinerary. Highlights were the dramatic scenery of the Dargle Valley, the Glen of the Downs, the Devil’s Glen, and the ruined medieval monastic complex at Glendalough (pictured here), then occupied by a military encampment.

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