Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922

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This book examines the role and experiences of the women of Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, who marched out with the Rebels to challenge the might of the British Empire on Easter Monday 1916. 'Renegades' details the tragedies, triumphs, politics and conflicts experienced by Irish women during the country's War of Independence and Civil War. It will shock and possibly disturb any romanticised views of their role in this period of Irish history because the reality of the abuse of women within the general population by both sides in both Wars is absent in most histories of the period. But this 'war on women', which manifested itself in the form of physical and sexual assaults meant that many women suffered a terror that was not confined to armed conflict. The book also explores the separation of republican women during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, into two distinct groups. Cumann na mBan members perceived their role to be purely military and so they did not engage in politics. On the other hand the political women, who by this time perceived themselves as the female political elite, were proactive in pursuit of a significant position in Irish politics, especially when the Sinn Fein party was reformed in October 1917.

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...it will serve as a necessary reference for scholars of Irish republicanism, women's sturdies and political history. Matthews incoroporates her sources smoothly. Her narrative avoids theoretical cant and anochronistic judgement... --New York Journal of Books

...Ann Matthews has dug deep and dug well and has surfaced with some new information... She has great fun writing about the two great divas of the period: Maud Gonne and Constance Markievicz, each of whom saw themselves as the Joan of Arc of the country. And each of whom claimed social superiority over the other. More somberely there are accounts of how some of the women were used and abused both by their own people and by the British infantry.... what remains most striking and unforgettable, long after the book has been put down is the voluntary work they carried out caring for babies born with congenital syphilis, going so far as to purchase a small building and convert it to a hospital.... --Sunday Tribune

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Ann Matthews is a historian. Originally, from Dublin she now lives in Kildare. She currently lectures at NUI Maynooth on 'Women and War' and 'Republican women and iconography'. She has contributed to The Journal of Irish Military History and The Irish Archive Journal among others.

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