Recent writings from the Ink Desk

  • April 22nd, 2014“The Bards of Wales” by Janos Aranyby Brendan D. King

    Hungarian poet Janos Arany (1817-1882) has been referred to as the Shakespeare of Ballads. His most famous poem,A Walesi Bárdok'  ("THe Bards of Wales," was written in response to the visit of the Emperor Franz Joseph to Hungary in 1857. Arany, like many other European intellectuals, was enraged by the defeat of the 1848 Revolution. Therefore, instead of writing a poem to welcome the Emperor, Arany retold the legend that King Edward I of England, the "Longshanks" of Mel Gibson's" Braveheart," had 500 Welsh bards burned alive for refusing to sing his praises at a banquet.
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  • April 22nd, 2014“The Dark Way” by Joseph Mary Plunkettby Brendan D. King

    Yesterday marked the 98th anniversary of the abortive Easter Rising in Dublin. Until the outbreak of The Troubles in 1969, every EasterMonday was commemorated with parades by the Irish State. It is, after all, Ireland's Independence Day.

    In honor of the occasion, I have decided to post a poem by Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the Rising's leaders. The poem was addressed to his fiancee, Grace Gifford. Joseph and Grace were married in the Catholic chapel of Dublin's Kilmainham Jail. Just a few hours later, Joseph Plunkett was taken into the courtyard and executed by firing squad. His poem "The Dark Way" may be described as his last message to the woman he loved.

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  • April 22nd, 2014Good News from Spainby Joseph Pearce

    I am always extremely gratified and somewhat humbled to learn that my books have played a part (always under grace) in people's conversion to the Catholic Faith. Since it is always edifying "good news" to learn of conversions or, in this case, a return to the Faith, I thought I'd share an e-mail that I received this morning. I've preserved the correspondent's right to privacy by omitting his name.
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  • March 2nd, 2010Hot Off the Pressby Joseph Pearce

    Long awaited sequel examines Shakespeare's plays in light of his Catholic faith
    2/24/2010 - 12:59 PM PST

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 24, 2010) - A new book just released from Ignatius Press, "Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays", gives further evidence of what many people have long suspected: that the famous William Shakespeare was indeed a Catholic. Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, "The Quest for Shakespeare", bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays - "The Merchant of Venice", "Hamlet" and "King Lear" - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.

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