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Edward Carson QC

ISBN13: 9780956774514
Published: May 2011
Publisher: The House of Emslie
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99

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Edward Carson QC is the story of the life of Sir Edward Carson up to 1910, with a strong emphasis on his career as an advocate. Carson became a wellknown Irish QC before moving from Dublin to London as MP for Trinity College, and continued his legal career in London, where he soon became an English QC, the rising star in the legal firmament, and the acknowledged leader of the London Bar.

Carson is well known for his defence of the Marquess of Queensbury in the Oscar Wilde trial, one of the most famous and tragic cases ever tried in the English Courts. The author gives an eloquent, poignant and riveting account of Carson’s cross-examination of Wilde – a legendary contest between these two famous Irishmen who had been fellow-students at Trinity.

Carson was the leading counsel in many other celebrated trials involving well-known personalities. The author also recounts many of Carson’s brilliant performances in the House of Commons, but the focus is on his first love: the law. Famous advocates such as F E Smith, Rufus Isaacs and Marshall Hall, are all in this book, but towering above them all is Edward Carson QC, first among equals.

Edward Marjoribanks was born in 1900 and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He left Oxford, where he was President of the Union, in 1922 with first class honours in Literae Humaniores, and was called to the Bar in 1924.

From 1929 until his early death in 1932 he was 'a Member of Parliament for the Eastbourne Division of East Sussex. A friend and colleague of the great advocate, he had access to a great deal of unpublished material tor his Life of Sir Edward Marshall Hall which was first published in 1929, and from which this Penguin volume has been taken. His Poems were published in 1931 and his Life of Lord Carson, Volume I in 1932.