Markievicz: A Most Outrageous Rebel

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Merrion Press, Sep 28, 2018 - History - 350 pages

Countess Constance Markievicz - one of the most remarkable women in Irish history - was a revolutionary, a socialist and a feminist, as well as an artist and writer. A natural leader, "Madame," as she was known to thousands of Dubliners, took an active part in the 1916 Rising and was one of the few leaders to escape execution. Instead, she spent an arduous year in an English prison, surrounded by murderers, prostitutes and thieves. Later, during another stretch in prison, she would make history as the first woman elected to the British Houses of Parliament, and momentous event that is due to receive widespread commemoration at the time of its centenary in December 2018. Lindie Naughton's compelling biography sheds light on all facets of Markievicz's life - her privileged upbringing in County Sligo, her adventures as an art student in London and Paris, her marriage to an improbable Polish count, her political education, her several prison terms, and her emergence as one of the pivotal figures in early 20th century Britain and Ireland. Constance Markievicz, a woman with a huge heart, battled all her adult life to establish an Irish republic based on co-operation and equality for all. Her message is as relevant today as it was a century ago.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements and Note on Sources
Prologue
Alien Class Alien Race
Under Ben Bulben
Casi and
The Plays the Thing
Extremists and Fireeaters
Na Fianna Scouting for Ireland
Ireland is waking
Easter Week 1916 Year One of Irish History
Condemned to Live
Sinn Féin We Ourselves
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
The Shadow of a Gunman
I have seen the stars
Anarchy is Loosed

The cause of labour is the cause of Ireland
Locked
Two Cathleen Ní Houlihans
Sources and Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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Lindie Naughton is a Dublin-based journalist and writer. Her books include Lady Icarus: The Life of Irish Aviator Lady Mary Heath, Faster, Higher, Stronger: A History of Ireland’s Olympians, Let’s Run: A Handbook for Irish Runners, and How to Mow the Lawn: Gardening for Beginners.

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