Swift

Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patricks, was a much-loved figure in eighteenth century Ireland, and a friend of Doctor Sheridan, grandfather of the famous playwright. Both men are depicted in the 'Ascendancy' chapter of Rutherfurd's second Irish book, where there is also some surprising information about Swift's use of Irish words in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Women's Suffrage in America : In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson had announced his support for a women's suffrage amendment, but progress was slow, and the amendment failed in the senate. To keep up pressure, a group of ladies known as the Silent Sentinels went on silent vigil outside the White House. Some of their banners were pretty strongly worded. But Wilson still asked them in for coffee. Not only did they refuse the invitation, but on February 9, 1919, they actually burned him in effigy in front of the White House! The amendment finally passed the senate in June and was ratified in August 1920.