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Spirited Away - A Novel of the Stolen Irish (Spirited Away Saga Book 1) by [Plummer, Maggie]
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"In this highly researched novel,Freddy O'Brennan is living a modest and happy life in 1653 Ireland until Englishsoldiers force her father to fight for the Crown in Spain. Freddy is a survivor,quick to adapt to dire situations, which makes her an easy hero to root for.Freddy's on point characterization is the saving grace of the opening, as theconflict arrives on the second page before there is time to establish aconnection between reader and story. By May of 1653, Freddy thinks she is safe,until English soldiers kidnap and sell her into slavery. Freddy's ordealinterweaves with that of African slaves, and in an honest portrayal, she mustbattle her own prejudices against her fellow slaves ... Short chapters full of hope and Freddy'sfierce spirit will keep readers turning the pages."  - Publishers Weekly 

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        Afew years ago, I stumbled across this bit of history:  During Oliver Cromwell'sReign of Terror in the 1650s, a majority of Ireland's Catholic population waseither slaughtered, exiled to the west, or sold into slavery in the Caribbean.My jaw dropped and I did a triple-take, amazed.
        How could it be that I'd never heard of that?

        It turned out that others hadn't either.
        The more I read about Cromwell's Reign of Terror, the hotter my Irish-American blood boiled. I knew I had to write something aboutthis obscure yet pivotal period of Irish history.
       My fierce maincharacter, Freddy, is an O'Brennan from County Kilkenny because my Irish grandmother was a Brennan from County Kilkenny. Except for Cromwell, the characters in the novel are fictional. Thestory, however, is based on historical accounts. 
       In1649 Cromwell led an invasion of Ireland many call genocide and ethnic cleansing. Duringthe 1650s, Ireland lost about 41 percent of her people. The IrishFamine of 1845 to 1852, by comparison, resulted in a loss of 16 percent of thepopulation.
       Cromwell hated Catholicism and wanted to punish Irish Catholicsfor the rebellionof 1641. Catholicismwas banned; priests were wanted men; Irish Catholics who were not murdered were thrown offtheir land and often "spirited away" to the Caribbean. An estimated100,000 Irish citizens, mostly women and children, were sold to English sugar plantation owners andliterally worked to death. Some were flogged to death. They suffered horrific conditions - disease, starvation, and torture.
         "The curse of Cromwell upon you" is a popularIrish saying. To this day, Irish mothers threaten naughty childrenwith the ultimate punishment: "Cromwell's going to get you!"
         Thebitterness caused by what took place during the 1650s has been a powerfulsource of
Irishnationalism for morethan 350 years. Irishslavery was an atrocity that should not be forgotten. My hope is that this novel will help bring it to light.

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  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091M6JM6
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