This captivating book of Irish history and civilization is without a doubt, not your usual humdrum historical account of names, dates and battles. It is written in plain language for people of all ages. There is an enormous amount of information packed into a fairly short book. According to one review,
Brighid O'Sullivan has worn many hats. She attended college for nursing and writing. She ran two businesses of her own, one in sales and the other sewing wedding gowns. Now she writes Irish historical fiction and all about Ireland, which she visits often. Brighid has written for History Magazine, History Channel magazine, and also writes a blog centered on history, travel, and all things Irish . She lives in Western NY with her adoring husband, her amusing grand-children and a few goldfish.
Poor Ann Glover. Before emigrating to America she would have lived in the rural part of Ireland, for the classes were well defined by geography until after the Famine years. Those that did not emigrate were poor farmers and country people who had no choice but to flock to the cities around the 2nd half of the 19th century. . In her native land, Ann Glover would never have been seen as a threat by her neighbors. Likely people came to her for spells or cures made from herbs, flowers and roots. They would have asked for incantations spoken over sacred wells or magic love tokens. People would have begged Ann Glover to help them with whatever ills they had without any reservations. In essence, Ann most likely was an herbal physician and revered among her own people. She should have stayed at home! .
100 Things You Didn't Know About Ireland
51. Ann Glover was the last person to be hanged for witchcraft in 1688. She was describe as "a scandalous old Irishwoman." Upon placing her on the scaffold, she was instructed to recite the Lord's Prayer. She could only speak Irish but did as she was told in a mixture of Irish and Latin. A Boston merchant, Robert Calef said she was simply a poor old Irish Catholic who was despised. When the townspeople attempted to kill poor Ann's cat, he stopped them