The explosive tale of Peterloo, told `verbatim' style through the
voices of those who were there. More than 15 people died and 600
were severely wounded by sabre-wielding troops at a peaceful
pro-democracy rally. This is a visual account of the 16 August,
1819 massacre, to be published as part of the 200th anniversary
commemorations. The entire narrative is drawn exclusively from the
direct testimony of the time much of it newly unearthed by leading
historian Professor Robert Poole, including letters, memoirs,
journalist's accounts, spies' reports and courtroom evidence. These
have been carefully woven together into rich, vivid illustrations
by professional cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Polyp.
At a time when democracy is under siege the memory of Peterloo is
all the more crucial, and challenges the reader to ask what we have
done with the legacy passed on by those who died.
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