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From regicides to revolutionaries; from fascists to anarchists; from Tom Paine to Tom Wintringham, this book is a history of noble ideals and crushing failures. Restless Revolutionaries takes us on a journey through British history, exploring our often rocky relationship with the ruling elite, whether that it is the government of the day or the monarchy. Clive Bloom reveals our surprising legacy of terrorism and revolution, reminding us that Britain has witnessed centuries of revolt, through three bloody civil wars in Ireland, the bombing campaigns by the IRA, two Welsh uprisings, one Lowland Scottish civil war, uprisings in Derbyshire and Kent, five attempts to assassinate the entire cabinet and seize London, and numerous attempts to murder the royal family. From the 1970s to the present day, over 23,000 British subjects have fought and died for the ideal of a fair republic.