Thursday February 20, 2020

Murder most foul and mysterious

Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister by Andro Linklater. Bloomsbury, €23.90. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

23rd June, 2012
Spencer Perceval: the only British prime minister to have been assassinated.

Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister by Andro Linklater

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On the day of Spencer Perceval's death, he was the most powerful man in Europe after Napoleon Bonaparte. Two hundred years later, he is best known as the answer to a quiz question: "Who was the only British prime minister to have been assassinated?"

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