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No saga of personal hardship so captivated the British public in the eighteenth century as that of James Annesley, the presumptive heir of five aristocratic titles and scion of the mighty house of Annesley. Kidnapped at twelve years of age by his uncle, Annesley was shipped from Dublin to America in 1728 as an indentured servant. He finally managed to escape after thirteen years, returning to Ireland to bring his nemesis, the Earl of Anglesea, to justice in one of the epic trials of the century. Award-winning author A. Roger Ekirch explores how, in an age without DNA laboratories, Annesley could hope to prove his identity and his legitimacy after such a long absence. Richly evoking the volatile world of Georgian Ireland-complete with its violence, debauchery, ancient rituals and tenacious loyalties-Ekirch recounts an extraordinary family drama of betrayal and loss but also of resilience, survival and redemption.