Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story

Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story

by Peter Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199532079

ISBN-13: 9780199532070

Pub. Date: 03/25/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press


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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199532070
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Haunting in Minehead
1. The World of the Leakeys
2. The Leakeys' Other World Interlude: A Hanging in Dublin
3. The Devil Let Loose Off his Chain
4. The Shameful End of Bishop Atherton
5. The Penitent Death of a Woeful Sinner Interlude: In a London Coffee House
6. Athenianism
7. The Narratives of the Reverend John Quick
8. Atherton and Leakey; History and Folklore Epilogue: Mother Leakey's Parlour Cast of Characters Further Reading

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