The Laughter of Triumph

The Laughter of Triumph

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Satirist William Hone is the forgotten hero of the British press. In 1817 he was forced to defend himself against a censorious government, in what amounted to a show trial pitting a self-educated Fleet Street journalist against the Lord Chief Justice and a hand-picked jury. Hone's crime was to ridicule the powers that be. Through Hone's life, Ben Wilson looks at the history of the struggle for free expression against repressive law.On 15 May the prisoner filed an affidavit to Ellenborough, Sir Samuel Shepherd ( the new AttorneyGeneral, Garrow ... the spectre of blasphemy, andsaying that irreligious pamphlets wereubiquitous in the country, so that his a#39;sapsa#39;a#39;bandy it aboutanbsp;...

Title:The Laughter of Triumph
Author:Ben Wilson
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2014-03-20


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