[9-May-2010] • Announcing two forthcoming titles

Breviary Stuff Publications is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the following two works.

Roger Wells – Insurrection, The British Experience 1795-1803

On 16 November 1802 a posse of Bow Street Runners raided the Oakley Arms, a working class pub in Lambeth, on the orders of the Home Office. Over thirty men were arrested, among them, and the only one of any social rank, Colonel Edward Marcus Despard. Despard and twelve of his associates were subsequently tried for high treason before a Special Commission, and Despard and six others were executed on 21 February 1803. It was alleged that they had planned to kill the King, seize London and overturn the government and constitution.

Roger Wells – Wretched Faces, Famine in Wartime England, 1793-1801

“The histrory of riots reaches its full maturity when riots break out of monographic case studies to be incorporated into full histories. Roger Wells includes riot as one dimension of his rich attempt to comprehend the whole range of responses of British society to the famines of 1794-96 and 1799-1801. These famines dramatically revealed the fragile equilibrium underpinning national subsistence, and its propensity to collapse. Wells explains how and why the archaic structure of state and society in Britain did just manage not to collapse. He succeeds masterfully at the national level. His study is essential to a full undertsanding of British society.” 

We aim to have both these titles in print by the autumn. Further details will be available on the website shortly.