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Read Pádraig Lenihan’s interesting article on Richard Talbot
in History Ireland, May/June 2015

Read Pádraig Lenihan’s fascinating article on Richard Talbot in
The Irish Times, 28 November 2014

Last Cavalier author PádraigLenihan is interviewed by
the Irish Story Jan 2015

The Last Cavalier: Richard Talbot (1631-91)

Padraig Lenihan (author)
Publication date:
1st September 2014

Author Biography

Padraig Lenihan lectures in history at the National University of Ireland Galway. His writings include Confederate Catholics at War 1642-49 (Cork, 2001), (ed.) Conquest and Resistance: Irish Warfare in the Seventeenth Century (Brill and Leiden, 2001) Battle of the Boyne 1690 (Stroud, 2003), Consolidating Conquest: Ireland 1603-1730 (London, 2007), The Age of Atrocity (Dublin, 2007) co-edited with David Edwards and Clodagh Tait.


Left for dead at the sack of Drogheda, Richard Talbot later ingratiated himself with the future James II by plotting to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Using fresh primary sources The Last Cavalier: Richard Talbot (1631-91) traces how Talbot, though a gallant, gamester and 'cunning dissembling courtier', grew to be more than just another Restoration rake. He took on the cause of reconciling his countrymen's allegiance to London and to Rome and, under a Catholic king, clawing back their lost status and power. Talbot, now Earl of Tyrconnell and viceroy, almost succeeded but after the Boyne (where he led the Jacobite army in battle) he lost his grip. The Last Cavalier is the first full-scale biography of a great though not a good man.