Excerpt from Charles Stewart Parnell, Vol. 1: His Love Story and Political Life On October 6th, 1891, nearly twenty-three years ago, Charles Stewart Parnell died in the arms of his wife; nearly twenty-three years ago the whole of the civilised world awoke to laud - or to condemn - the dead chief. It ranked him with the greatest heroes, or with the vilest sinners, of the world, because he had found and kept the haven of her arms with absolute disregard of that world's praise or blame till death, the only power greater than the love that held him there, tore him from them. And then the hate that followed him to the grave turned to the woman he had loved, to vent upon her its baffled spleen; t considering that such a man as he would keep the heart of his wife as closely in death as he had kept it in life; so closely that ne could come near it; so secretly that ne could find the way to plant therein a sting. And so for these more than twenty-two years, I, his wife, have lived upon memories so happy and so precious that, after time had brought back some meaning to my life, I took a certain pleasure in reading all men had to say of him whom they so little knew. I have found many things in these books that made me smile or made me sad. There were the writers who looked at him obliquely, and wrote that he was crooked, or from below, and exclaimed on his want of perspective, or from any and every point of view but that of an honest directness which is, after all, the only point of view whence ordinary men can truly observe a great one. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.