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    Default Irish Protestantism and the Gothic novel.

    It occured to me today that greatest gothic novels were all written by Irish Protestants. Does anybody know if the reasons why have ever been explored? Also not only that but they all seem to have been written by Irish Protestants of Huegnot descent!

    Its strange that even though our tourist industry claims Oscar Wilde it doesnt claim the Bronte sisters who's father came from County Down (their mother came from Cornwall...another celtic nation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by d7bohs View Post
    No....Thats very cool...Thanks

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    Wasnt the 'Gothic' novel just a reflection of scientific advance/ discovery?

    I was under the impression that disease, in particular, was a big theme.

    The reason Prods would have been involved....... well, perhaps they had better education and access to these discoveries?

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    There is a Bronte homeland sort of thing. Never been, but have seen the sign for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garibaldy View Post
    There is a Bronte homeland sort of thing. Never been, but have seen the sign for it.
    In county Down?

    Its strange that the Irish tourist industry claims George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde but not them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by d7bohs View Post
    Very interesting article, thank you.

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    Strictly anecotal, but a friend of mine was chatting to one of the builders that renovated Bram Stoker's old house in recent years.

    Allegedly they found 6 foot thick walls in the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truthisfree View Post
    Very interesting article, thank you.
    Ive just glanced at but most of these novels were written by the minister/vicar class which was very different from the Ascendency class (infact I think a lot of the United Irishmen came from this class?). Also Presbyterians were oppressed by penal laws.....And most foreign Anglicans/Episcolians consider the Church of Ireland basically Presbyterian and with good reason (the C of I became the largest Reformed Church largely as a result of Presbyterians "taking the soup" in penal times).

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