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Kate allows us to feel terror once removed

As we focus on Kate, John-Paul McCarthy examines the source of Ireland's fondness for certain English women

Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00

KATE Middleton's marriage prompts a few thoughts about the Irish fascination with certain kinds of English women.

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It's easier to explain our interest in some previous incarnations of radiant English womanhood.

Elizabeth Tudor still lingers in the Irish mind today because she was accidentally responsible for the publication of the first batch of proper Catholic theology books in the Irish language. The queen herself requested a personal Irish primer from the Old English Catholic poet William Nugent before authorising translations of major Protestant religious texts into Irish.

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