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The Cooper's Wife Is Missing : The Trials Of Bridget Cleary - Joan Hoff

The Cooper's Wife Is Missing

The Trials Of Bridget Cleary

Paperback Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9780465030880
Number Of Pages: 458

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In 1895 twenty-six-year-old Bridget Cleary disappeared from her cottage in rural County Tipperary and remained missing for several days. At last her body was discovered, bent, broken, and badly burned in a shallow grave. Within a few days, her unimaginable story came to light: for almost a week before her death she had been confined, starved, threatened, physically and verbally abused, exorcised, and finally burned to death by her husband, father, aunt, cousins, and neighbors, who had collectively confused a simple flu with possession by the fairies. In The Cooper's Wife Is Missing, Joan Hoff and Marian Yeates try to make sense of this outlandish, unfathomable, medieval "trial" and murder. Drawing on firsthand accounts, contemporary newspaper reports, police records, trial testimony, and a rich wealth of folklore, they weave a mesmerizing fireside tale of magic, madness, and mystery. This is narrative history at its evocative best.

Christmas in Clonmelp. 1
Gone with the Fairiesp. 57
Peasants, Peelers, and Priestsp. 101
The Fairy Curesp. 143
The Fairy Trialsp. 193
"To Go Amongst the People"p. 239
Tales of Slievenamonp. 289
The Archbishop's Jubileep. 339
Afterwordp. 391
Notesp. 409
Notes on Sourcesp. 437
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780465030880
ISBN-10: 0465030882
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.42 x 12.88  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1