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Sir John A.'s Crusade and Seward's Magnificent Folly

by Richard Rohmer

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historical, literary, political
list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: 2013
ISBN:9781459709867
publisher: Dundurn
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International intrigue on the eve of the birth of a nation at Britain’s Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey.

In late 1866, John A. Macdonald and other Fathers of Confederation arrived in London to begin discussions with Britain to create Canada. Macdonald and two of his colleagues stayed briefly at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the stately home of the Fourth Earl of Carnarvon, Britain’s colonial secretary. Those are the facts.

Today Highclere Castle is widely known as the real-life location for the popular television series Downton Abbey. In Richard Rohmer’s novel, Macdonald talks with Carnarvon at Highclere about legislation to give Canada autonomy, the danger of Irish Fenian assassination plots, and the proposed American purchase of Alaska from Russia. Later, back in London, a fire partially destroys Macdonald’s hotel room, and the future prime minister, trying to curb his fondness for alcohol, woos and marries his second wife, Agnes. In the end, Macdonald wins the passage of the British North America Act but fails in his bid for Alaska when U.S. Secretary of State William Seward buys that strategic territory.

Secret deals, romance, and international intrigue all figure in this rousing tale of historical speculation set on the eve of the birth of a nation.

 

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Contributor notes

Richard Rohmer is the bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including Ultimatum, Separation, and Ultimatum 2. He has also published many non-fiction books, including Generally Speaking: The Memoirs of Major-General Richard Rohmer. Rohmer lives in Collingwood, Ontario, and practises law in Toronto.

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. . . Rohmer has done his research and clearly knows the period well . . .

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Richard Rohmer

RICHARD ROHMER is a prolific author whose many bestsellers have included both fiction and non-fiction works. He was formerly Chancellor of the University of Windsor.
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