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Butler, Sarah,
Irish Tales (London: E. Curll/ J. Hooke, 1716).

Irish TALES:| OR,| Instructive HISTORIES for the| happy Conduct of Life.| VIZ.| I. The Captivated Monarch.| II. The Banish'd Prince.| III. The Power of Beauty.| IV. The Distrest Lovers.| V. The Perfidious Gallant.| VI. The Constant Fair-One.| VII. The Generous Rival.| VIII. The Inhuman Father.| IX. The Depos'd Usurper.| X. The Punishment of Ungene-|rous Love.| [rule]| By Mrs. Sarah Butler.| [rule]| LONDON: Printed for E. Curll at| the Dial and Bible, and J. Hooke, at| the Flower-de-Luce, both against St.| Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet, 1716.| Price 1 s. 6 d. Stich'd, 2 s. Bound.


p.[i] titlepage/ p.iii-xi dedication: Earl of Lincoln; signed: Charles Gildon/ p.[xiii-xx] preface/ p.1-130/ books published by E. Curll & J. Hooke: J. Barker, Exilius (1715)link - J. Barker, Bosvil and Galesia (1713)link - Hanover Tales (1715)link - Pomfret, Poems - D. Manley, Adventures of Rivella (1714)link - Gay, Petticoat ["Heroi-Comical Poem"]/ 12.


{L: 1607/4314}.

Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t119241.

History of Publication

Needs to be compared with Milesian Tales: or instructive Novels for the happy Conduct of Life (1719)link - sometimes said to be the same book.

  a this editionIrish Tales: or, Instructive Histories for the happy Conduct of Life (London: E. Curll/ J. Hooke, 1716).
  b [...] (1735) [ESTC: t167049].

Sarah Butler, according to preface dead.


Title: "Tales", "Histories"; p.ix: "Prosaic Poetry"; p.[xiii/ xx]: "Novel".


Dedication on the questions of petry and prose, the development of shorter genres, "Tales" and the "Pathetic Tenderness [...] supported by a Noble and Heroick Fortitude" the new genres have to develop. Preface by the author on the historical truth of her "Novel". She added a love story, which anyone who knows the people of modern Ireland might find "too Passionate and Elegant" - one has, however, so the author to bare in mind that Ireland was at the time of the Danish attacks a place of greatest erudition.

The Danish tyriant Turgesius tries to force Doonflaith into marriage. She is, however, in love with Murchoe, whose father demands that Ireland should be first liberated. Many heroical dialogues, a duel with rivals and ladies as witnesses, the call of the heroes father, to value courage more than the pains of love. The lovers meet before the decisive battle, they are allowed to marry, if the Irish should win, they do but our hero ends gloriously on the battlefield. (We do not read how our heroine accepts the result).