Staff Of Saint Patrick

The mysterious disappearance of the staff which, quite probably, was used by the saint himself, when it was supposedly thrown on a bonfire in front of Christ Church cathedral in the reign of Henry VIII, is described in the final chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book. But was it destroyed? Evidence exists that it survived, and this becomes part of the plot in the second book, at the time of the Battle of the Boyne.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In Manhattan in the early to mid nineteenth century, scores of pigs roamed the streets – about 20,000 of them at peak population in the early 1820’s, a ratio of roughly one pig to every five humans ! Many of them belonged to families. The city was quickly growing in the nineteenth century – in population and wealth disparity. Despite rapid urbanization, non-wealthy New Yorkers continued raising hogs as a means of surviving. A family could always slaughter one of its pigs to feed itself, or sell one of them since pork was a staple of the American diet. Why pigs? Other animals weren’t quite so compatible with urban life. People could let their pigs wander the streets, rummage through trash for the piles of spoiled food that was left out on the street during the day, and count on them to return home in the evening !




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