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The Faithful Tribe: The Loyal Institutions By Ruth Dudley Edwards

The Faithful Tribe: The Loyal Institutions
by Ruth Dudley Edwards

This is an intimate portrait of the Orange Order. Ruth Dudley Edwards writes a sympathetic portrait of this strange and controversial body of men. Their parading is seen as silly and provocative to some, but to them it is a proud declaration of their belief in civil and religious freedom.
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If there is any more controversial body of men than the Orange Order (and, with the exception of Ruth Dudley Edwards, who has been admitted to an honorary position in her very own lodge, they are all men) in the British Isles, it is hard to think who they might be. To most outsiders, grown men parading in bowler hats, white gloves, coloured sashes or collarettes, rolled umbrellas and banners showing scenes from the Old Testament or from a war that ended three centuries ago, are anachronistic, silly and provocative; to their enemies they are triumphalist bigots; to most of their members, the lodges' parades are a commemoration of the courage of their forefathers, a proud declaration of their belief in civil and religious freedom, a demonstration of their Britishness, a chance to catch up with old friends and a jolly day out. Ruth Dudley Edwards is an unlikely Joan of Arc for the Orangemen, but that she is; a trusted and liked sympathizer, a woman, a Catholic from southern Ireland; one who sees them as possibly rather bumptious and certainly their own worst enemy, endlessly outpaced by the nimble Republicans in terms of PR (which the Orangemen scorn to meddle with). She writes a fond but not uncritical, indeed rather exasperated, portrait of this strange tribe. The book intends to appeal not only to Orangemen and their sympathizers but to all those intrigued, horrified or scientifically interested in the clans.

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