Review of 'Shelley and Revolutionary Ireland', Paul O'Brien, Redwords £11
When Percy Bysshe Shelley set sail for Ireland in 1812 he was only 19 years old. He was full of radical enthusiasm and energy, having recently been expelled from Oxford for making his atheism public. He went to Ireland precisely to put his political ideas into practice: 'I beheld in short that I had duties to perform.'
The misery and oppression he saw in Ireland roused him to fury. He wrote: