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2nd Jul 2024

Age Range
All ages

Mayfair Library

Parliament Street,
R95 N23R

Maeve Callan The Dawn of the Devil-Worshipping Witch

Author of The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland, Professor Maeve Callan unveils the Mysteries: Ireland’s Medieval Heresy Trials. 

Step into the shadowed corridors of early medieval Ireland—the “Land of Saints and Scholars.” Here, faith and knowledge intertwined, shaping a culture that echoed with devotion. But beneath the surface, questions simmered.

The Enigma of Heresy Trials: As early as the seventh century, whispers of unorthodoxy stirred, especially concerning Easter observances. Yet it wasn’t until later—long after allegations of Irish apostasy fueled the English invasion—that heresy trials ignited.

The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Enter Maeve Brigid Callan’s world, where history crackles with intrigue. In the volatile fourteenth century, Ireland witnessed heresy trials that would reverberate through time. Among them, the celebrated case of Alice Kyteler and her associates, prosecuted by Richard de Ledrede, Bishop of Ossory, in 1324.

Free but booking required through or contacting the library directly: 056 77 94174

Join us on this riveting journey, where history’s threads unravel, and the past whispers its secrets. 

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