Burning of Bridget Cleary

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Burning of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke
Paperback $16.00

Jul 01, 2001 | 320 Pages

  • Paperback $16.00

    Jul 01, 2001 | 320 Pages

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“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

Table Of Contents

Family Tree: Clearys, Bolands, and Kennedys
Chronology: March-July 1895
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

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