The full history of St. Patrick's day is captured here for the first time in The Wearing of the Green.
Illustrated with photos, the book spans the medieval origins, steeped in folklore and myth, through its turbulent and troubled times when it acted as fuel for fierce political argument, and tells the fascinating story of how the celebration of 17th March was transformed from a stuffy dinner for Ireland's elite to one of the world's most public festivals.
Looking at more general Irish traditions and Irish communities throughout the world, Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair follow the history of this widely celebrated event, examining how the day has been exploited both politically and commercially, and they explore the shared heritage of the Irish through the development of this unique patriotic holiday.
Highly informative for students of history, cultural studies and sociology, and an absolute delight for anyone interested in the fascinating and unique culture of Ireland.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 34 mm
-Thomas Keneally author of "The Great Shame and "Schindler's List
"Glorious Saint Patrick! This most interesting work of scholarship chronicles the history of his feast day, March 17 from its medieval origins, shrouded in folklore, to green ribbons arranged as simple crosses on men's lapels or "shamrogue" worn as large clumps on the hatbands of both sexes.... A great detail packed book.."
-"Ireland of the Welcomes
"Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair's History of Saint Patrick's Day is not just the most complete history we are ever likely to have of that event, but gives a careful and thought-provoking look at so much more besides. Using the celebration as a window through which to gaze upon the complex, the surreal, the moving and the always fascinating story of the Irish diaspora, they have produced a work of popular history that is readable, entertaining, challenging, provocative, well-written and thoroughly researched.."
-Joseph O'Connor, author of "Yeats is Dead
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