Britain's Last Invasion, Fishguard 1797, by J.E. Thomas
Published by Tempus in 2007, 190 pages. Paperback (N2675)
Brand New Book
With the French Revolution raging across the channel, there was much alarm in Britain in 1797, and the newly formed French revolutionary government devised a plan that involved harnessing the poor country folk of Britain to rally in support of the French liberators......
When the French invading force landed at Fishguard in Pembrokeshire on 22 February, the last invasion of mainland Britain had begun. Historically, this final invasion has been dominated by myths. Were the French really frightened by the appearance of Welsh women in scarlet whom the invaders supposed were soldiers? Did Lloyd George's grandmother organise such a parade? Did local people prove almost all to be brave and loyal?
In a fascinating and detailed analysis of the events, this book reassesses the contemporary evidence and sets events in their context. It discusses the shattering effect of the French Revolution and the repercussions in West Wales, where the gap between rich and poor was greater than in any other place in Britain and Ireland.