In 1792 a small band of Irish émigrés, led by Count James Louis Rice, launched one of the most daring rescue plans in history – to free Queen Marie Antoinette from the Temple prison in Paris and bring her to safety in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

The Knave of Trumps explores the facts behind the rescue attempt and the extraordinary life of Count Rice. As a young cavalry officer, who mingled with the most privileged aristocrats of the day, he would become famous – or infamous – as a duellist, an entrepreneur, a gambler, a controversial figure in an age of political upheaval.

This biography casts new light on the celebrated Count James Louis Rice, revealing the man behind the legend.

Thoroughly researched, written with great panache and clarity, it unfolds the many layers of a fascinating life with aplomb” – Diarmaid Ferriter, PROFESSOR OF MODERN HISTORY, UCD

Price: €19.95
ISBN: 978-1-5272-0603-8

With Post and Packing

Knave of trumps

Pat Neligan

Pat Neligan taught history to a generation of secondary school students in his native Dingle. In 2002 he took an MA in Local History Studies at UCC. He is currently working on other local history topics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


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Spa Well Press, Dingle, Co. Kerry