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The History of the Bronte Family by John Cannon (Paperback, 2000)

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The History of the Bronte Family: From Ireland to Wuthering Heights by John Cannon

This account of the Bronte family traces their Irish ancestry from its murky origins around 1710, to 1820 when the Bronte family arrived at Haworth Parsonage, Yorkshire.

Patrick Brunty was the eldest of a family of ten from Ballynaskeagh near Newry in County Down. His parents were uneducated and impoverished, but his father, Hugh, was known locally as a storyteller whose repertoire included the strange tale of Welsh Brunty, almost certainly a prototype for Heathcliff. Through an enormous act of will, he won a scholarhsip to St John's College, Cambridge, when he changed his name to Bronte. After graduation, Patrick was ordained a Church of England priest and held various ministries until finally he arrived in Haworth with his wife suffering from cancer and six young children.

He cherished literary ambitions which he passed on to Charlotte, Emily and Anne; and this book points out certain themes and stories in their novels which could only have come from a profound knowledge of their Irish roots as told to them by their father.


 Paperback | 160 pages

 135 x 216 x 6.35mm | 300g


 The History Press Ltd

 Sutton Publishing Ltd

 Stroud, United Kingdom



 Revised edition

 8pp b&w illustrations




Condition: Very Good

A vintage book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minor (barely visible) scuff marks along the edges. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.