The Burning of Bridget Cleary
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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0141002026
  • 9780141002026
  • 94,161

Review quote

"A historically rich and heady tale...fascinating." --Elle

"Tightly constructed and authentically dramatic...a powerful reconstruction of the crime." --The New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating, complex study...Bourke uses the horrific murder as a springboard to tell a larger story about sex, religion, and politics." --USA Today
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About Angela Bourke

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.
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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
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Rating details

590 ratings
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4 36% (215)
3 34% (200)
2 14% (81)
1 3% (15)
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