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?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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