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The role of the Quakers in Ireland is highly interesting. Prominent in Dublin, several other cities, the Quakers were the most active leaders of relief during much of the period of the Famine. Quaker families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were also some of the largest employers in Dublin, including the Jacobs Biscuit business, and the well-known caterers Bewleys. These Quaker activities form part of the story of the 'Famine', 'Victoria' and 'Rising' chapters of Rutherfurd's second Irish novel.




 

 

 

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RHUBARB - During the three centuries before the nineteenth, China had become so cut off from Europe that senior mandarins were quite unsure where Britain was. They’d even been told that the western barbarians needed to import herbal rhubarb from China (a medicine), and that they would die if they couldn’t get it.




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