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HIST & MYTH: Anglo Irish - Who were they?

You may or may not have heard of the “Anglo Irish”, a term used to describe the landed class or socially privileged, who were members of the Church of Ireland. They were descendants of the Protestant Ascendancy from the 17th century and were the ruling class up until the early 20th century Ireland. The Anglo Irish or “New English” replaced the Gaelic Lords and old English aristocracy (Hiberno Normans) as the ruling class in Ireland. The French Huguenots became part of the Anglo Irish and you can read more about this in my blog post Flight of the Huguenots to Ireland. Many of the Irish Catholic gentry who swore allegiance to the British Crown were able to retain their holdings and became part of the new ruling class. 
The Protestant Ascendancy came about following the Williamite Wars (1689-91) when much of the Irish land was confiscated by the British Crown and domination politically, socially and economically over Ireland fell into the hands of great landowners. Very rich members be…

LITERATURE: Heroes, Kings & Warrior Queens

Written by Ben Kesp

Book Excerpt:
Welcome to the second instalment of the History & Myth Series in which I hope to explore some of the vast regions of Irish mythology and history while entertaining you with stories of warriors, kings, queens and mythical creatures from a mysterious and ancient land that sits off the North Western edge of Europe. Ireland is a country steeped in myth and legends, and too often, the lines between the realms of the spiritual and the world of the living converge. The very nature of the climate adds to the mysteriousness of the country influenced heavily by the Atlantic air system often hiding parts of the country in heavy fog and mist as if Manannán mac Lir, the Sea God himself was using his magic to hide Ireland under his spell of invisibility. 
Irish Mythology is complex with a vast amount of literature that by its contradictory nature only adds to the confusion providing a difficult task in researching. Irish myth is unusual in comparison to other …

LITERATURE: Read an E-book Week

Written by Ben Kesp

From March 1 to March 7 2015 is your chance to read exciting discounted and free e-books from Smashwords. This is the 7th annual Read an E-book promotion, a global celebration of e-books. 
I have included five books in the promotional catalogue that you will find on Smashwords, so hurry and enjoy a great week of e-books at great prices. 


Friday  - Currently Free
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The Letter - Free with code RW100
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Ireland’s Ancient Gods  - Free with code RW100
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Secrets (Landed Estate Series)  - 25% off with code RAE25
Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/480497
Inheritance (Landed Estate Series) - 25% off with code RAE25 
Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/517443

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