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READ Ô The Burning of Bridget Cleary A True Story Ý ➹ The Burning of Bridget Cleary A True Story Free ➯ Author Angela Bourke – Gwairsoft.co.uk In 1895 twenty six year old Bridget Cleary disappeared from her house in rural Tipperary At first some said that the fairies had taken her into their stronghold in a nearIn twenty of Bridget ePUB #9734 six year old Bridget Cleary disappeared from her house in rural Tipperary At first some said that the fairies had taken her into their stronghold in a nearby hill from where she would emerge riding a white horse The Burning EpubBut then her badly burned body was found in a shallow grave Her. By all accounts Bridget Cleary made one basic mistake She was smarter than most of her neighbors and family and this was her mistake she made no particular effort to hide the fact Although her husband made no objection to the extra income she brought in through dressmaking and keeping chickens he may not have welcomed the independence it allowed her Neighbors commented on her air of superiority; another trait that made Bridget a bit weird was a disturbing tendency to look men straight in the eye which was said to be a characteristic of pagan women Had Bridget been born in 1970 none of this would have been an issue Sadly for her and maybe this was her mistake she was born a century earlier Even so the events that led to her death in March 1895 were extraordinary On Monday March 4th she developed a cold which lingered and progressed to a bronchial infection On the evening of Friday March 15th when Bridget's illness still hadn't cleared up her husband and family became distraught Convinced so they later maintained that the real Bridget had been “taken by the fairies” and that they were dealing with a changeling they proceeded to drag her from her bed to the fireplace where they forced her to swallow herbal remedies and then held her over the fire repeatedly challenging the spirit that possessed her to come out The results of the ordeal by fire were predictable – Bridget died of the resulting burns At this point her crazed relatives came to their senses enough to realize they had a problem on their hands So three of them buried the body in a nearby bog while the others worked on their cover story This was that in line with a still prevalent superstition Bridget had in fact been carried wailing from the house by a fairy horde but that she had promised to reappear the following Sunday evening at the nearby fairy fort on Kylenagranagh Hill where her family could if they had the courage rescue her A white horse may or may not have been implicatedBridget’s disappearance the bizarre coverup story the subseuent discovery of the body elicitation of the true facts and the trial and conviction of the family members instrumental in her death were major news for the rest of the year Beyond the shock value of the irresistible details of the case the political situation at the time ensured that the trial took place under the full glare of the media spotlight In particular events played directly into the Tories’ hands during the ongoing debate over Irish Home Rule confirming lingering fears about the backward and superstitious Irish peasantry The Bridget Cleary story is the subject of not just one but two books Both appeared in 2000 one can only imagine the mutual chagrin of the various authors involved Of the two the book by Angela Bourke “The Burning of Bridget Cleary” is shorter by 200 pages and infinitely better Ms Bourke does an excellent job of presenting the facts with just the right amount of background information to place them in context without taxing the reader’s patience The result is a decently written lively interesting bookThe same cannot be said for The Cooper's Wife is Missing The Trials of Bridget Cleary by Joan Hoff and Marian Yeates whose strategy to “go long” is frankly misguided Bridget’s story is interesting but nothing about it merits a 450 page tome The best that can be said is to pay the authors the lukewarm compliment of acknowledging their extensive research while deploring their fatal inability to be selective about what to include The ability to synthesize effectively is critical for any non fiction writer but is conspicuously absent in the Hoff and Yeates book In particular the ecclesiastical maneuverings of Archbishop Croke and his interactions with Nationalist hero Charles Kickham are completely tangential to the story – the extensive discussion given them by Hoff and Yeates betrays a woeful lack of focusAngela Bourke 4 starsJoan Hoff and Marian Yeates 2 stars

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Collision of town and country of storytelling and science of old and new The torture and burning of Bridget Cleary caused Burning of Bridget Cleary A eBook #8608 a sensation in which continues to reverberate than a hundred years later Winner of the Irish Times Burning of Bridget Cleary A eBook #8608 Prize for Non Fiction. Fascinating account of the 1895 murder of Bridget Cleary in a rural town in Tipperary Ireland; the trial of her husband cousins and others accused of her killing; and the folklore and fairy beliefs of old Ireland that played a key role in the crime or were perhaps just a desperate excuseBridget Cleary is often referred to as the last witch burned in Ireland and one of the strengths of the book is author Angela Bourke's ability to convey the ways in which Ireland was changing during the late 19th century increasingly modern in bigger towns but still very much tied to the past in rural areas This resonated personally for me as my great great grandfather was murdered in a rural Irish town only six years before Bridget Cleary in a case which like hers attracted significant attention from newspapers across Ireland The newspaper accounts I have found about my GGGF's case provide extensive details about the crime and trial but not really about the times Bourke's book helped paint a much vivid picture of what rural Ireland was like in this period and is especially valuable to me for that reason Her tale also provides inspiration for me to try and create a similar but shorter much shorter account of my own relative's caseThe author clearly did extensive research on the core crime rural Ireland and political developments in Great Britain of which Ireland was still a part in this era While her research in the first two areas is what makes her book so compelling the latter area unfortunately makes it less so She tries too hard in my opinion to connect this specific case to a variety of political developments in Ireland and even England the struggle for Home Rule the indecency trial of Oscar Wilde etc but ultimately doesn't make a compelling case for the relevancy of those connections Much of her history provides good and useful context and background but too much of it is a distraction from the essential story of Bridget Cleary Still the story itself is interesting enough and the writing and analysis strong enough to warrant a 4 star rating and a recommend for anyone interested in Ireland andor compelling real life murder mysteries

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The Burning of Bridget Cleary A True StoryHusband father aunt and four cousins were arrested and charged while newspapers in nearby Clonmel and then in Dublin Cork London and further afield attempted to make sense of Burning of Bridget PDF #201 what had happened In this lurid and fascinating episode set in the last decade of the nineteenth century we witness the. In the spring of 1895 a woman was burned to death in her kitchen at the hands of her husband her father and several cousins The woman Bridget Cleary was accused of being a changeling a product of fairy work Bridget had been ill for about a week prior and accused of not being herself The next logical step of course was to try to remove the fairy from the woman by whatever means necessary Unfortunately for her husband Michael Cleary and the rest of the family no fairy left the body of Bridget before she burned to death The family went to trial and was imprisoned for their association with her death whether 'murder' or 'manslaughter' was greatly debatedWhat happens to be an interesting story to begin with was exceptionally watered down by Angela Bourke's writing During the moments when the narrative surrounded the actual case and subseuent murder of Bridget Cleary the book was highly interesting The few photographs included provided realism to this true story But then Bourke spent a lot of time discussing the social economic and cultural changes occuring in Ireland in the late 19th century not uninteresting information on its own Where Bourke failed to make the entire book gel is in the connection between the historical context and the information about Bridget Cleary's death Her attempt to show the political and religious pressures on Michael Cleary which allegedly led to his belief of his wife's changes did not flow and ultimately made the reading feel like there were separate theses involved which never did wholly come togetherOccasionally throughout this was the popular scandal involving Oscar Wilde and his libel action against the Maruess of ueensberry a suit which backfired entirely and caused the imprisonment of Wilde While also interesting in its own right and aside from the random amusement of detailing what else was going on during the Cleary murder and the trial that follwed it became too random and off putting It feels as though Angela Bourke has a lot of great ideas and a passion for Irish history and culture; sometimes however that passion needs to be reigned in or else the final product is just a hodgepodge of Irish stories with no clear direction