The Anglophile Author:Egan O'Neill Not since The Scarlet Pimpernel has there been a character of such wit, charm and daring as Dennis Mcdermott, a young man who lived two lives in eighteenth-century Dublin. Fashionable society idolized him as a handsome, rakish man of their own world, never suspecting that the was the mysterious leader of the Irish underground whose nightly miss... more »ions continued to outwit the British authorities.
From the time Dennis McDermott was smuggled to France as a boy to obtain the education denied him in Ireland by the Penal Laws, he was consumed with hatred of the English. The memory of his father's corpse hanging from the gallows and his mother's scream haunted him until he had only one purpose - to return and fight. When he did return to Dublin, it was ostensibly as a gentleman-lawyer wearing the mask of Anglophile, the name for native Irish who renounced Catholicism for the Church of England. But actually it was to join a group of Patriots and risk his life day and night arranging for young boys to be smuggled out of the country as he had been.
The arrival of anne Deering, a young English heiress and niece of one of his prominent clients, presented him with the opportunity he sought. By marrying her, he could solidify his position as Anglophile, achieve wealth and position, and contribute heavily to the Irish cause. Completely aware that one day his luck must run out and that Dennis McDermott, elegant Anglophile gentleman might be hanged as a traitor, he still had not counted on the persistent efforts of Major Sir Harry Quintain, Anne's old friend and rejected suitor, to destroy their marriage by ferreting out his secret activities. Nor had ha planned to fall in love with Anne...« less