Too often the stories from our history are incomplete. Or events and the places where they heppened are romanticised. I’ve yet to see an episode of ‘Bridgerton’ and probably never will, so maybe I should not suggest that it is another deeply sanitised and romanticised version of life in the period it is supposed to depict.
We celebratee our national heritage, all those great country houses in Great Britain and in Ireland. We admire the collections of artefacts and paintings, some of them looted from foreign countries. We barely touch upon the suffering endured by slaves and labourers in the building of those forrtunes. My own current research into the role of the Tudors in the history of Ireland is revealing a chronicle of deceipt, misappropration and massacre in the name of religion. None of this is taught in English schools.
I am a fan of Ms Bryn and admire what she does. What follows is her own justification for doing so. More power to her pen says I.