Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde
Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland
by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde
A volumnious collection of Irish folklore, including folk magic, not all of it authoritative.
About the Author:
"Jane Francesca Agnes, Lady Wilde (1826 - 3 February 1896) (born Jane Francesca Elgee) was an Irish poet and supporter of the nationalist movement; she married Sir William Wilde in 1851, and was the mother of Oscar Wilde.
The ancient legends of all nations of the world, on which from age to age the generations of man have been nurtured, bear so striking a resemblance to each other that we are led to believe there was once a period when the whole human family was of one creed and one language. But with increasing numbers came the necessity of dispersion; and that ceaseless migration was commenced of the tribes of the earth from the Eastern cradle of their race which has now continued for thousands of years with undiminished activity.
Lady Wilde, who was the niece of Charles Maturin, wrote for the Young Ireland movement of the 1840s, publishing poems in The Nation under the pseudonym of Speranza. Her works included pro-Irish independence and anti-British writing; she was sometimes known as "Speranza of the Nation". Charles Gavan Duffy was the editor when "Speranza" wrote commentary calling for armed revolution in Ireland. The British authorites at Dublin Castle shut down the paper and brought the editor to court. Duffy refused to name who had written the offending article. "Speranza" reputedly stood up in court and claimed responsibility for the article. The confession was ignored by the State authorities. But in any event the newspaper was permanently shut down by the British authorites."
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