THE WEIRD OF "THE SILKEN THOMAS" AN EPISODE OF ANGLO-IRISH HISTORY. Aberdeen: Moran & Co., 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [8a-8b: inserted errata leaf] [1] 2-232, facsimile letter in envelope mounted on the front paste-down, original pictorial bevel-edged olive-green cloth, front panel stamped in red, white and gold, spine panel stamped in red, top edge stained red, other edges untrimmed. First edition. "The story of how Lord Thomas Fitzgerald was drawn into revolt by the treachery of a private enemy. Purports to be a narrative written at the time by Martyn Baruch Fallon, 'scrivener and cripple,' a loyal inhabitant of Maynooth, with some account of the latter's private affairs. Written in quaint, antique language difficult to follow, especially at the outset of the book. It seems of little value from an historical point of view." - Brown, Ireland in Fiction, pp. 71-2. Brown's criticism of this historical romance is overly harsh, although the emphasis is more romantic than historical: Martyn (whose bone defect is cured by Murtagh, the Monk Apothecary, and who marries Moina, the woman he loves) rather than Thomas Fitzgerald, a leading figure in sixteenth-century Irish history. The unfortunate "Silken Thomas" (1513-1537), believing the rumor that Henry VIII was responsible for the death of his father and that the English government intended the same fate for himself and his uncles, publicly renounced his allegiance to his cousin King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland at St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin, on 11 June 1534. In July 1535, Lord Leonard Grey, Lord Deputy of Ireland, wishing to avoid a prolonged conflict, guaranteed Fitzgerald's personal safety and persuaded him to submit unconditionally to the King's mercy. In October 1535 he was sent as a prisoner to the Tower. Despite Grey's guarantee, Fitzgerald was executed with his five uncles at Tyburn on 3 February 1537. There is a whiff of the supernatural in the story: wailing banshees, portents, etc. A presentation copy with Craig's inscription signed "The Author" to "Miss Foxcroft" dated 11 November 1903 on the front free endpaper. Craig has pasted a cancel imprint on the title page and altered the printed date from 1900 to 1903. The endpapers are foxed as is the inserted errata slip, a very good copy with bright cover stamping. (#156578).

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