Staff Of Saint Patrick

The mysterious disappearance of the staff which, quite probably, was used by the saint himself, when it was supposedly thrown on a bonfire in front of Christ Church cathedral in the reign of Henry VIII, is described in the final chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book. But was it destroyed? Evidence exists that it survived, and this becomes part of the plot in the second book, at the time of the Battle of the Boyne.




 

 

 

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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