The Burning of Bridget Cleary

The Burning of Bridget Cleary

A True Story

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In 1895, Bridget Cleary, a strong-minded and independent young woman, disappeared from her house in rural Tipperary. At first her family claimed she had been taken by fairies-but then her badly burned body was found in a shallow grave. Bridget's husband, father, aunt, and four cousins were arrested and tried for murder, creating one of the first mass media sensations in Ireland and England as people tried to make sense of what had happened. Meanwhile, Tory newspapers in Ireland and Britain seized on the scandal to discredit the cause of Home Rule, playing on lingering fears of a savage Irish peasantry. Combining historical detective work, acute social analysis, and meticulous original scholarship, Angela Bourke investigates Bridget's murder.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000, c1999.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670892709
067089270X
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 BOURKE A
Characteristics: xv, 279 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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