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01-08-2020, 18:41   #1
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Ascendency reading

Would be interested to read more about the anglo Irish ascendency class, but while they must exist can't see many books on the topic. Is Dooley's the Decline of the big house still one of the best? Pity if so because it seems rare and expensive! Anyone else got any recommendations on this topic? That twilight/decline period is of particular interest
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01-08-2020, 18:42   #2
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He also wrote one specifically about the Leinsters.

Get them from the library maybe?
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He also wrote one specifically about the Leinsters.

Get them from the library maybe?
Yeah that will have to do I think but there's likely a wait. Like I said they seem pretty few and far between now but seems like there's nothing much else since!
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It's an area that needs more scholarship.
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"Picnic in a Foreign Land" by Anne Morrow is an excellent read about some of the more eccentric characters of the Ascendancy.





and "Twilight of the Ascendancy" by Mark Bence-Jones for a more factual look.



and if that's not enough, "Troubles" by J G Farrell is an excellent novel which while a work of fiction captures the final years before Independence in an anarchic way.
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The sons of the Ascendancy paid a big price in World War 1. Many of them got commissions in the army etc but were wiped out on the Western Front.
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