Doyle

This name, deriving from old Irish and meaning 'Dark Stranger' is given to a Danish Viking family in the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga. The fictional Doyles - not untypical of many other families of that name - are a merchant family of Dublin and Bristol who prosper modestly in the Middle Ages, and become rich Dublin property owners in the eighteenth century Ascendancy. At the time of the Famine, Douglas Doyle is an economist with a clever daughter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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