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  1. Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story
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  2. Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story

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Halloween 1636: sightings of the ghost of an old woman begin to be reported in the small English coastal town of Minehead, and a royal commission is sent to investigate. December 1640: a disgraced Protestant bishop is hanged in the Irish capital, Dublin, after being convicted of an "unspeakable" crime.

In this remarkable piece of historical detective work, Peter Marshall sets out to uncover the intriguing links between these two seemingly unconnected events.

The result is a compelling tale of dark family secrets, of efforts to suppress them, and of the ways in which they finally come to light. It is also the story of a shocking seventeenth-century Church scandal which cast its shadow over religion and politics in Britain and Ireland for the best part of three centuries, drawing in a host of well known and not-so-well-known characters along the way, including Jonathan Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Walter Scott.

A fascinating story in its own right, Mother Leakey and the Bishop is also a sparkling demonstration of how the telling of stories is central to the way we remember the past, and can become part of the fabric of history itself.

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In late October 1634, in the fishing village of Minehead in Somerset, England, Susan Leakey died. She was a widow who had been living in her son Alexander's home, and Alexander's wife Elizabeth was there as well. Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law had not gotten along well, and on her deathbed, Susan Leakey said she would be back to haunt Elizabeth "in the devil's likeness." It would not be too surprising if she did; hauntings happened all the time in the seventeenth century, and no one but the family might have been concerned. But when Susan Leakey did come back, it not only bothered the family, but it resulted in justices of the peace being summoned by the privy council of Charles the First himself to investigate what was going on. Why should they care about this ghost when there were so many others? The question intrigued historian Peter Marshall, and he set to investigate. The result, _Mother Leakey & the Bishop: A Ghost Story_ (Oxford University Press) is a wide-ranging... Read more
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