Written in an invigorating and readable style, this is an excellent account of the seminal events of the Great Yorkshire Election of 1807. It was the biggest election ever undertaken in Britain before the democratic era, a fiercely contested battle between William Wilberforce, Henry Lascelles and Viscount Milton. It was also the most expensive, comparable only with modern US Congressional elections.
This study illustrates the working of the political process, with an account of what it meant to mobilise, convey, feed, lodge and deploy vast armies of supports with military precision over a polling period of 15 days.
In such a large and socially diverse electorate a new style of popular politics was emerging to challenge the attempt to manage the electoral process in the usual aristocratic interest.
The Great Yorkshire Election of 1807 by Ellen Gibson Wilson is published posthumously and has been skilfully edited by Edward Royle and James Walvin in the light of subsequent research, and more recent scholarly emphases and interests. It is sure to be of wide interest and to become an invaluable resource.
- Author: Ellen Gibson Wilson
- ISBN: 9781859362235
- Binding: Paperback
- Pages: 320