Famine

Much has been written about the great Irish Potato Famine. Scholars in recent years have shown that it was caused not only by English neglect, but by a blind and inappropriate following of economic dogma on the part of the very politicians whom the Irish had previously thought of as their allies. Combining a balanced assessment of modern scholarship with a reading of the day-by-day account compiled by Ciaran O Murchadha for the local history group in Ennis, County Clare, Edward Rutherfurd's 'Famine' chapter in the second book of his Irish saga is informative and moving.




 

 

 

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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