Commentary and Opinion

  • Suzanne ForbesEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


From 1689 to 1714, increasing numbers of publications offering commentary and opinion on political matters, primarily pamphlets and other forms of cheap print, came to be produced in Ireland. The vast majority of these publications were reprints of British originals and tended to focus on political developments in that kingdom. This chapter demonstrates that production of this category of material intensified in the second half of Queen Anne’s reign, and that these publications conveyed to Irish readers a range of ideas and opinions on divisive topics such as the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707, and the trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell in 1710. In order to gauge the impact of these publications, attention is also paid to legal proceedings initiated against Irish publishers for producing reprints during the period.


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