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11 lost days, and a whole lost life to follow.

Slammerkin - Emma Donoghue

With 1751's Calendar Reform Act, Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar implemented elsewhere in 1582; resulting in the elimination of 11 days between September 2 and 14, 1752. The edict, viewed as more than a mere alteration in the calculation of time, caused widespread riots; grounded as much in popular fear of a life shortened by 11 days (and the loss of 11 days' earnings) as in Anglican contempt for anything "popish." Emma Donoghue's Slammerkin is anchored in these riots; for one of their participants is her young heroine's father, whose conviction and prison-death eventually overshadows his daughter's fate as well.

 

 

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