IT’LL BE AL­RIGHT ON THE FRIGHT

THE IR­ISH FRIGHT

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… MASS HYSTERIA EVENTS -

With ten­sions be­tween Catholics and Protes­tants at break­ing point in 1688, an in­ci­dent such as the Ir­ish Fright was per­haps in­evitable. Ru­mours cir­cu­lated that Ir­ish sol­diers – sup­port­ers of the de­posed (and Catholic) James II – planned to pil­lage their way through Eng­land, “putting all be­fore them to fire and sword,” as one bishop put it. Fear of the Ir­ish had be­come so deeply es­tab­lished that tens of thou­sands of men across Lon­don and at least 19 coun­ties mo­bilised and pre­pared for a fight that was never com­ing.

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