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    DescriptionNo saga of personal hardship so captivated the British public in the eighteenth century as that of James Annesley, the presumptive heir of five aristocratic titles and scion of the mighty house of Annesley. Kidnapped at twelve years of age by his uncle, Annesley was shipped from Dublin to America in 1728 as an indentured servant. He finally managed to escape after thirteen years, returning to Ireland to bring his nemesis, the Earl of Anglesea, to justice in one of the epic trials of the century. Award-winning author A. Roger Ekirch explores how, in an age without DNA laboratories, Annesley could hope to prove his identity and his legitimacy after such a long absence. Richly evoking the volatile world of Georgian Ireland - complete with its violence, debauchery, ancient rituals and tenacious loyalties - Ekirch recounts an extraordinary family drama of betrayal and loss but also of resilience, survival and redemption.

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    The True Story That Inspired "Kidnapped"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Ekirch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 258
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393066159
    ISBN 10: 0393066150

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    Illustrations note
    26 illustrations; 3 maps
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    12 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    A. Roger Ekirch is a professor of history at Virginia Tech and the award-winning author of At Day's Close.
    Review quote
    The story of Jemmy Annesley, kidnapped at 12 and shipped from Dublin to the American backwoods in 1728 by his wicked Uncle Richard, certainly recalls an early episode in the story of young David Balfour. But the tale of Annesley's picaresque adventures is excitingly dramatic in its own right and Professor Ekirch has researched it with academic relish as a real-life oddity that is no stranger than fiction. --Iain Finlayson"
    Back cover copy
    Praise for Birthright This gripping book tells a remarkable true story. . . . Roger Ekirch expertly illumines eighteenth-century societies in the British colonies and the seedy underside of Georgian Dublin. His masterly, sympathetic and racy reconstruction of the adventures of Jemmy Annesley at last fleshes out the truth behind the tales told by Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Toby Barnard, University of Oxford An extraordinary work of history by one of America s most imaginative historians, a true story more fascinating than fiction. Gordon S. Wood, professor of history emeritus, Brown University"