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Sophia of Hanover: Winter Princess by J.N. Duggan. Published by Peter Owen Publishers, 2010.

J.N. Duggan is the author of the highly praised biography of Sophia, Electress of Hanover (1630-1714) which is published by Peter Owen Publishers (2010). She has also written a short biography and critical appraisal of the Irish rationalist philosopher John Toland (1670-1722).

She is currently working on a forthcoming life of Hans Axel Fersen (1755-1810), friend and confidante of Marie Antoinette.

John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic by J.N. Duggan. Published by The Manuscript Publisher.
Other projects that she is involved with, in an editorial capacity, include the re-issuing (in print and e-book editions) of various writings of John Toland (1670-1722).

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  • On the Tercentenary of the Hanoverian Succession On the Tercentenary of the Hanoverian Succession by J.N. DugganThe 300th anniversary of the Accession of George I to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland, which occurs on August 1st 2014, will probably be overlooked amidst the commemorations and remembrances of the First World War. This is understandable but, nevertheless, regrettable. Over the centuries, the Hanoverians have served their adopted realms well and Britain should be proud of them. The last eleven monarchs have borne different surnames: Welf, Wettin and Windsor, but they are all Hanoverians, since their succession to the throne of Great Britain was due, in each case, to their legitimate descent from the body of Sophia, Electress of Hanover, as had been laid down ...
    Posted 6 Mar 2014 12:47 by J.N. Duggan
  • New Edition of John Toland's An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover (1705) An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover by John Toland (1670-1722) - re-issued in print and e-book editions -A new edition of John Toland’s early 18th century pamphlet, An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover, has just been published in print and e-book editions by The Manuscript Publisher. It follows the publication late last year of Toland's 1714 pamphlet, Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland. Author and historical biographer, J.N. Duggan serves as General Editor for both of these publishing projects. According to the book's publisher, "The appearance of this new edition will be of interest to students of Irish and European history of the ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2013 08:44 by J.N. Duggan
  • Book Review: Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland by John Toland (1714) Book Review: Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland by John Toland (1714) "a work that might well be described as revolutionary" by Dr. Jordi MorillasRodion Romanovich Raskolnikov maintained that, from a historical point of view, we can distinguish two types of men: the ordinary, i.e. one whose sole mission in life would be to procreate and maintain the species numerically; and the extra-ordinary, i.e. those distinguished by the fact that, going beyond the established rules and tradition, they pronounce a new word in their medium, thereby marking a turning point in the advancement of humanity. The truth of Raskolnikov's theory can be seen in any creative field, e.g. philosophy, whose ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2013 06:58 by J.N. Duggan
  • Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland (1714) by John Toland: New Edition Available in Kindle and Print-on-Demand A New Edition of John Toland's 1714 pamphlet - for the Emancipation and Equal Citizenship for the Jews of Britain and Ireland - John Toland was a rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early-Enlightenment who was born in Ireland in 1670. Though largely forgotten in his home country, Toland was and is a philosopher of international renown as well as a prolific writer on important political and religious issues of his day. As the website of the Humanist Society of Northern Ireland remarks: No one has made a greater contribution to the development of Freethought in Ireland than John Toland (1670-1722), and it is the responsibility of the modern secular movement to publish and popularise his writings which have ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2013 07:03 by J.N. Duggan
  • Press Statement on the First Anniversary of the Official State Visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II Press Statement: One Year on from the Official State Visit and not much to show for it17 May, 2012 Today marks the first anniversary of the official state visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. Widely regarded as a success, in addition to constituting an historical watershed, there appears nevertheless to be little formal acknowledgment in official circles of its importance and impact. Certainly that is what one group of publishers discovered when they attempted to bring out a souvenir album [see Note 1] to mark the first anniversary of the occasion. Despite assistance and expressions of support from various quarters including Áras an Uachtaráin, the Department of the Taoiseach, Buckingham Palace, the British Embassy in Ireland ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2013 07:02 by J.N. Duggan
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