Pearse, Patrick  

The Coming Revolution


An insight into the political thought of one of the main architects of the 1916 Rising and of Irelands Proclamation of Independence

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Pearse's skill as an orator is indisputable. His fiery idealism was one of the key motivators that brought the rebels to the GPO in 1916. This collection of his writing showcases this skill, but also the complex philosophy that underpinned it. Ranging from his theories of education articulated in The Murder Machine (1912), through his orations on the great Fenian leaders of the past: Wolfe Tone, Emmet and O'Donovan Rossa, to his writings on The Separatist Idea, The Spiritual Nation and The Sovereign People in the months leading up to the rising, this is a crucial collection for the library of anyone with an interest in Irish history.      

About the Author

Patrick Henry Pearse was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. He was declared President of the provisional Government of the Irish Republic in one of the bulletins issued by the Risings leaders, a status that was however disputed by others associated with the rebellion both then and subsequently. Following the collapse of the Rising and his subsequent execution, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion.


‘The extent of his vision is evident…Those interested in Irish history can’t fail to be stimulated by this’

– Sunday Business Post

‘This is a crucial collection for the library of anyone with an interest in Irish history’

– Evening Echo


‘Essential reading’

– Irish Catholic

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