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Men That God Made Mad

A Journey Through Truth, Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland

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Men That God Made Mad: A Journey Through Truth, Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland by Derek Lundy
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In this remarkable book, Belfast-born Derek Lundy uses the lives of three of his ancestors as a prism through which to examine what memory and the selective plundering of history has made of the truth in Northern Ireland. In Ulster, the name 'Lundy' is synonymous with 'traitor'. Robert Lundy was the Protestant governor of Londonderry in 1688, just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of James II. Robert Lundy ordered the city's capitulation. Crying 'No Surrender', hardline Protestants prevented it and drove him away in disgrace. William Steel Dickson's legacy is a little different. A Presbyterian minister born in the mid-eighteenth century, he preached with famous eloquence in favour of using whatever means necessary to resist the tyranny of the English. Finally, there is 'Billy' Lundy, born in 1890, the embodiment of what the Ulster Protestants had become by the beginning of World War I - a tribe united in their hostility to Catholics and to the concept of a united Ireland. The lives of Robert Lundy, William Steel Dickson and Billy Lundy encapsulate many themes in the Ulster past. In telling their stories, Derek Lundy lays bare the harsh and murderous mythologies of Northern Ireland and gives us a revision of its history that seems particularly relevant in today's world.

Author Biography

Derek Lundy is the bestselling author of The Way of a Ship and Godforsaken Sea. He lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Vintage
Pages
368
Dimensions
129x199x22
ISBN-13
9780099469476
Product ID
1655839

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