The Cooper's Wife is Missing
The Trials of Bridget Cleary
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Cooper's Wife is Missing by Joan Hoff
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465030880
(202mm x 130mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Joan Hoff
Joan Hoff is Director of the Contemporary History Institute of the University of Ohio, Athens. She is the author of Nixon Reconsidered and Law, Gender, and Injustice. Marian Yeates has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University. She writes from her home in Island Park, Idaho.
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