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Mother Leakey and the Bishop
A Ghost Story
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. - ;A valuable contribution to the micro-histories of the early modern world. There is much for general readers to enjoy and scholars to admire...the details is so skilfully handled as to be unerringly involving and illuminating. - Malcolm Gaskell, TLS;Peter Marshall... is a beautiful writer and his book is a shining example of how narrative history can be used to illustrate a complicated subject such as 17th century religious belief...a remarkable piece of detective work. - John Coulter, Tribune;Marshall brings a formidable hinterland of learning to these stories, but he wears this lightly... A thought-provoking and enjoyable read. - Jeremy Gregory, Church Times;More sheer entertainment value than any other history book you'll ever read...If you have the slightest inclination to find history interesting, you really can't help but love Peter Marshall's book. - Lucy Wooding, Literary Review;Shrewdly calibrated, abundantly entertaining. - Jonathan Keates, Spectator;Marshall's way with witty modern parallels is just one of the delights of this book. - Jonathan Sale, The Independent;[A] beautifully intelligent book...It is an ugly story, of course, but Marshall's way of telling it makes it irresistible. - John Carey, Sunday Times (Culture);Interesting, absorbing and written in an engaging style. - Fortean Times;Marshall's splendidly written book is a model of how history should be written and practiced - William Gibson, Archives
352 pages; ISBN 9780191579929
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