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This week: Grave robbing in 18th and 19th century Dublin; The first Irish proposals in the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations; and cultural attitudes to the British monarchy during World War One.
Burke and Hare were the two infamous Irish criminals who made a profit by killing people, and selling their bodies to medical schools in 19th century Edinburgh. Theirs is a unique case in that they actually committed murder to maintain a steady supply of corpses.
But during the 18th and 19th centuries, the practice of body snatching - the secret stealing of dead bodies from their graves - was common. At the time, Dublin was the body snatching capital of Europe, as corpses were in constant demand by anatomy and surgical schools, where they were essential for medical research and training.
To talk about this macabre trade, Myles is joined by historian and author Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, founder of Kilmainham Tales.
Downing Street Diary - The First Irish Proposals
Dr Darragh Gannon of University College Dublin joins Myles to talk about the ongoing Treaty negotiations in London a century ago. Darragh is the author of a forthcoming volume from Cambridge University Press, Conflict, Diaspora and Empire: Irish Nationalism in Great Britain 1912 - 1922
For King and Country
"For King and Country" – during the First World War that was a phrase that featured on countless postcards and posters – a phrase used to motivate people to join the war effort. And indeed, after the war, those same words adorned war memorials all over Britain. We're going to focus tonight on the "King" part of that well known phrase.
Myles is joined by Heather Jones, author of the new book For King and Country: The British Monarchy and the First World War. It's published by Cambridge University Press.