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«Poor Green Erin»

German Travel Writers’ Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to After the Great Famine- Texts Edited, Translated and Annotated by Eoin Bourke

Eoin Bourke

The area of 19 th -century German travel writing on Ireland has received widespread scholarly attention over the years in treatises in both English and German, but these efforts were directed largely at fellow-scholars and formed part of an academic discourse on travel, interculturality and alterity. This book, on the other hand, is conceived of more as a reader for the general public than as an academic treatise, presents a surprisingly extensive body of comments drawn from German and Austrian sources from between 1783 and 1865 and lets them «talk for themselves». Some of these remarkably empathetic and well-founded eye-witness accounts were translated into English already in the 19 th century by people like Sarah Austin and Sir Lascelles Wraxhall, but the editor has re-translated them to remove varying degrees of antiquatedness of formulation and has added other accounts that were hitherto largely unknown to the non-German-speaking reading public.
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20 Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach (1844)

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Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach (1795 - 1877) made a three-month-long semi-official visit to Britain in 1844 with the main purpose of studying the British legal system. On arrival in London on 30th May he was given a letter of introduction by the then Prussian ambassador to England named Karl von Bunsen which described Gerlach as “one of our first-rate statesmen and one of the candidates for the position of Minister for Justice – a particular friend and companion of the King [Friedrich Wilhelm IV] – his visit to England is a matter of great importance for Prussia – he is the chief mover of the reform of our law of divorce and adviser of the King on these and other important matters – high conservative firm Protestant – one of the eight great judges of Prussia” [ELvG, 351f.]. At a dinner party held in Gerlach’s honour by the King in Potsdam prior to his departure, Friedrich Wilhelm asked him to convey his greetings to Daniel O’Connell. In July Gerlach attended the early stages of the criminal pro- ceedings against O’Connell on the charge of conspiracy. When in Ireland he was to visit him in Richmond Jail, despite the warnings of the Scottish Lord Justice [John] Hope that such an undertaking would be exploited by the Irish newspapers to their own ends. 20.1 An Irish view of the King of Prussia While still in England, Gerlach had the following exchange of words with an Irish porter in Paddington Station: […] after he had received my sixpence, he...

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