Author: Pope (Dudley)
Year: 1962
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: G++/Vg
Price: 10.00
Hardback. The trial and execution of Admiral the Honourable John Byng, shot by a Marine firing squad on the quarter-deck of HMS Monarch on March 14, 1757, was one of the most cold-blooded and cynical acts of judicial murder in the whole of British history. A bold statement to make but few readers will disagree when they have read the remarkably incriminating letters written by those Ministers who actually contrived the disgrace and trial of the Admiral, so that he should be the scapegoat for their tardiness, stupidity, and neglect. In writing the story of Byng and his trial, the author has attempted to portray the situation as it appeared at the time to individual people in many walks of life. The court, while clearing Byng of cowardice, misunderstood the wording of the charge and sentenced him to death for an error of judgement, which was no offence. Byng died bravely, giving the signal to the firing squad for his own execution. His death served the guilty men, but the inhibiting effect on British admirals of the treatment meted out to him lasted until the Nelson era. Byng was one of the bravest scapegoats ever, and his case is a terrifying example of a whole government conspiring to 'frame' a Commander-in-Chief to save its own reputation. With 21 Illus., Epilogue, Appendices, Notes and Bibliog. + Index. 338pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Lightly browned edges, small rubber stamp to bpd, sl. worn covers o/w G++ in Vg. sl. sunned dw. which has 3 red biro nos. to dw. fr. 'blurb'. Jacket designed by Francis Russell Flint.


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