Mother Leakey and the Bishop A Ghost Story

ISBN-10: 0199532079
ISBN-13: 9780199532070
Edition: 2008
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Description: Halloween 1636: sightings of the ghost of an old woman begin to be reported in the small English coastal town of Minehead, and a royal commission is sent to investigate. December 1640: a disgraced Protestant bishop is hanged in the Irish capital,  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Halloween 1636: sightings of the ghost of an old woman begin to be reported in the small English coastal town of Minehead, and a royal commission is sent to investigate. December 1640: a disgraced Protestant bishop is hanged in the Irish capital, Dublin, after being convicted of an 'unspeakable' crime. In this remarkable piece of historical detective work, Peter Marshall sets out to uncover the intriguing links between these two seemingly unconnected events. The result is a compelling tale of dark family secrets, of efforts to suppress them, and of the ways in which they finally come to light. It is also the story of a shocking seventeenth-century Church scandal which cast its shadow over religion and politics in Britain and Ireland for the best part of three centuries, drawing in a host of well known and not-so-well-known characters along the way, including Jonathan Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Walter Scott. A fascinating story in its own right, Mother Leakey and the Bishop is also a sparkling demonstration of how the telling of stories is central to the way we remember the past, and can become part of the fabric of history itself.

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List of Illustrations
Cast of Characters
Prologue: A Haunting in Minehead
The World of the Leakeys
The Leakeys' Other WorldInterlude: A Hanging in Dublin
The Devil Let Loose off his Chain
The Shameful End of Bishop Atherton
The Penitent Death of a Woeful SinnerInterlude: In a London Coffee House
Athenianism
The Narratives of the Reverend John Quick
Atherton and Leakey: History and Folklore
Epilogue: Mother Leakey's Parlour
Notes
Bibliography of Sources Cited
Index

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