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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.

Synopsis:

When 26-year-old Bridget Cleary disappeared from her cottage in rural Ireland in 1895, the townspeople claimed she was "away with the fairies". But the real Bridget was lying in a shallow grave after being burned to death by her husband and nine of his friends and neighbors. This true story is a fascinating account of a harrowing murder that would become an international scandal. of photos.

About the Author

Angela Bourke is senior lecturer in Irish at University College, Dublin. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota and writes, lectures, and broadcasts on Irish oral tradition and literature.

Table of Contents

Family Tree: Clearys, Bolands, and Kennedys

Chronology: March-July 1895

Maps

1: Laborers, Priests, and Peelers

2: Fairies and Fairy Doctors

3: Reading, Sewing, Hens, and Houses

4: Bridget Cleary Falls Ill

5: "Take It, You Witch!"

6: "Bridgie Is Burned!"

7: "Amongst Hottentots...": The Inquest and Inquiry

8: A Funeral, Some Photographs, More Fairies

9: Two Courtrooms

10: Trial and Imprisonment

Epilogue: When Does a True Story End?

Acknowledgments and Sources

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141002026
Author:
Bourke, Angela
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Cleary, Bridget
Subject:
Murder - Ireland - Tipperary (County)
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.84x5.08x.58 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
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History and Social Science » World History » England » General
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"Synopsis" by , When 26-year-old Bridget Cleary disappeared from her cottage in rural Ireland in 1895, the townspeople claimed she was "away with the fairies". But the real Bridget was lying in a shallow grave after being burned to death by her husband and nine of his friends and neighbors. This true story is a fascinating account of a harrowing murder that would become an international scandal. of photos.

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