Grattan

Grattan's famous Parliament in the late eighteenth century, in which Ireland's Patriots hoped to secure independence from the English Parliament, forms the political background to the story of the 'Grattan' chapter in Edward Rutherfurd's second Irish book.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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