Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs by David Ryan

By David Ryan

Prostitutes, pimps, cutpurses, murderers, and bawdy houses...What have been the hellfire golf equipment of 18th-century eire? have been they honestly elite teams who engaged in obscene orgies, satan worship, and the ritual homicide of servants? those questions have intrigued nearly each person who has visited the meant hellfire membership assembly position within the Dublin Mountains, or heard the lurid tales which are linked to it. slicing via this veil of fantasy and legend, Blasphemers & Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire golf equipment finds the reality approximately those mysterious societies. The ebook uncovers extraordinary new information regarding the outrageous actions of those golf equipment - provocative blasphemy, taboo sexual actions, atrocities (most shockingly, the ritualistic homicide of a servant), and the golf equipment' behavior of toasting the satan. *** "...this is a well-researched booklet that demanding situations a number of the renowned misconceptions approximately Irish hellfire golf equipment. Ryan has no longer been content material to easily reproduce the mythologies of this tradition for a basic viewers, yet has delved deep into the records to provide a readable and convincing account on a topic of putting up with well known curiosity. - H-Net experiences within the Humanities & Social Sciences, September 2013 *** "Ryan grants the truth of early eighteenth-century Dublin, a urban that was once 'more a relic of the medieval period than a harbinger of modernity: chaotically deliberate, socially risky and poorly policed.' Readers will see a few similarities among the hellfire golf equipment and a few of modern-day filthy rich, organized-crime syndicates. (However, modern day legal cartels have monetary objectives, while the hellfire golf equipment' goals have been cruelty and mayhem for the joys of it all.) - The Celtic Connection, March 2014˜

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While it might have been expected that marriage would pacify the baron, his ‘barbarous and cruel treatment’ of his wife served only to increase his infamy. This was an atrocity that went well beyond the bounds of normal upper-class excess: the killing of an ill and bedridden sedan chairman in a horrific and seemingly unprovoked attack: One of the murders laid to Lord Santry’s charge was of the most wicked complexion; to wit, his having forced a poor chairman (that had been used to carry him) lying sick a-bed to drink a quart of brandy; then, with kindled spirits, he set fire to the sheets, &c.

88 However, it is not known if members of the Hellfire Club were involved in any of the affairs of honour that took place in Lucas’s or elsewhere. 89 Indeed, Santry was known more for his aggressive conduct off the duelling field, and the casual violence he perpetrated proved fatal on more than one occasion. 40 • Blasphemers & Blackguards Lord Santry The excesses of Rosse and Worsdale pale into insignificance when compared with the murderous deeds of Lord Santry, the most infamous member of the Hellfire Club.

Other ‘memorable’ activities are also mentioned, such as the ‘sacrificing [of] a maid’, a probable reference to the taking of a girl’s maidenhood. 74 It is unlikely that the Hellfire Club had any involvement in the 2. The Dublin Hellfire Club • 37 composition or publication of the broadsheet. Its salacious tone is redolent of the work of a sensationalist or printer’s hack hoping to cash in on the notoriety of the club. While the author may have drawn on rumours that were circulating as to the club’s activities, its content was probably invented to enhance the broadsheet’s commercial appeal.

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