Into the awe-inspiring space of Canterbury Cathedral, the last refuge of hope, comes Dallas Sweetman. He has a strange story to tell of love and honour, kidnapping pirates and miraculous happenings. It is the reign of Elizabeth I, when the old religion Catholicism is being replaced by the new Protestantism, and the people of Ireland and England have to choose their Queen or their faith. He is driven to justify the actions of his life before us, his ‘judges’; to find truth – and the possibility of redemption.
With his extraordinary lyricism, Sebastian Barry captures a critical turning point in English and Irish history which still reverberates today.