A fascinating examination of the extraordinary life of Roger Casement, executed as part of the 1916 rising, fighting the empire that had previously knighted him. Ultimately, he was hanged in Pentonville prison on the 3 August—two years to the day after Britain’s declaration of war in 1914.
Category: 1916 Easter Rising, Biography/Memoir, History
A fascinating examination of the extraordinary life of Roger Casement, executed as part of the 1916 rising, fighting the empire that had previously knighted him.
Roger Casement was a British consul for two decades. However, his investigation into atrocities in the Congo led Casement to anti-Imperialist views. Ultimately, this led him to side with the Irish Republican movement, leading up to the 1916 rising.
Arrested by the British for gun trafficking, he was incarcerated in the Tower of London and then placed in the dock at the Royal Courts of Justice in an internationally-publicised state trial for high treason. He was hanged in Pentonville prison on the 3 August—two years to the day after Britain’s declaration of war in 1914.
sympathetic and well-structured study … admirable contribution to a timely series of studies of the sixteen men executed for their part in the rebellion of 1916
excellent … Angus Mitchell, the foremost authority on Casement, has written a superlative book about the humanitarian pioneer and Irish patriot … I heartily recommend this book
there is much to admire in this book
rich … Mitchell weaves Casement’s attuned sense of suffering through the Congo to gunrunning in Howth, the infamous Black Diaries and his death, reminding us that his legacy is of furthering an understanding of human rights
Mitchell steers the reader through the many aspects of Casement’s life and afterlife with a steady hand at the tiller
this is both a narrative and a sourcebook for understanding Sir Roger Casement
Angus Mitchell provides a thoroughly developed and detailed map to follow and understand Casement’s footprints in history
Angus Mitchell … has erected an essential pillar in the pantheon series 16 Lives, which explores sixteen individuals who were executed after the 1916 Easter Rising with an eye on the guideline of the prompt “Who were these people and what drove them to commit themselves to violent revolution?”
the latest volume in the superb 16 Lives series