The Rebels of Ireland

The Rebels of Ireland

Book - 2006
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Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume,The Princes of Ireland, left off,The Rebels of Irelandtakes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation," which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland. Once again Rutherfurd takes us inside the process of history by tracing the lives of several Dublin families from all strata of society -- Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic. From the time of the plantations and Elizabeth's ascendancy Rutherfurd moves into the grand moments of Irish history: the early-17th-century "Flight of the Earls," when the last of the Irish aristocracy fled the isl∧ Oliver Cromwell's brutal oppression and confiscation of lands a half-century later; the romantic, doomed effort of "The Wild Geese" to throw off Protestant oppression at the Battle of the Boyne. The reader sees through the eyes of the victims and the perpetrators alike the painful realities of the anti-Catholic penal laws, the catastrophic famine and the massive migration to North America, the rise of the great nationalists O'Connell and the tragic Parnell, the glorious Irish cultural renaissance of Joyce and Yeats, and finally, the triumphant founding of the Irish Republic in 1922. Written with all the drama and sweep that has made Rutherfurd the bestselling historical novelist of his generation,The Rebels of Irelandis both a necessary companion toThe Princes of Irelandand a magnificent achievement in its own right. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780385661140
Branch Call Number: RUT
Characteristics: xxv, 863 p. :,maps, geneal. table ;,25 cm


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Jun 30, 2014

A continuation of "The Princes of Ireland", this was an entertaining yet factual account of the historical context which has been the foundation for many of the troubles in Ireland in our times.

Oct 27, 2007

I really loved this book. I have a family link to Ireland and have read some dry Irish history books. Rutherfurd delivers Irish history with a very well developed story. I now feel I understand a little better what my ancestors went through. You really should read the first book Princes of Ireland before you read this one as it is a continuation. The Princes of Ireland is the beginning of known Irish history and the Rebels of Ireland continues on with the families that we meet first in Princes.

MariePat Oct 25, 2007

I loved this book! Somewhat long but worth a read

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