Recommended read for history lovers – ‘A Purgatory of Misery’

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An in-depth study of the events leading up to the Irish Potato Famine in the latter half of the 19th century. The author has provided an informative, eye-opening, unbiased, and moving account of the plight of the Irish poor during recurring failures of the potato harvest and the inadequacies of government and church to successfully address their needs. I wasn’t aware of the scale of the disaster – one million deaths from starvation and disease and thousands transported to the colonies.

Politics and religion played their part but also the history of Ireland going back eight centuries over which 19th century politicians and clergy had no control. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in social history or the history of Ireland.

Take a look here – via From Page to Print

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