The Princes of Ireland

The Princes of Ireland

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Edward Rutherfurd's latest bestselling saga begins in pre-Christian Ireland with a clever refashioning of the legend of Cuchulainn and culminates in the disastrous Irish invasion of England during the reign
of Henry VIII.

Through the interlocking stories of a wonderfully imagined cast of characters -- monks and noblemen, soldiers and rebels, craftswomen and writers -- Rutherfurd vividly conveys the personal passions and shared dreams that shaped the character of the country. He takes readers inside all the major events in Irish history: the reign of the fierce and mighty kings of Tara; the mission of Saint Patrick; the Viking invasion and the founding of Dublin; the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its foothold on the island in 1167, and which set the stage for the deadly conflicts between the kings of England and the princes of Ireland that close this first volume of Edward Rutherfurd's most recent spellbinding tale.

Tens of millions of North Americans claim Irish descent. Generations of people have been enchanted by Irish literature, and visitors flock to Dublin and its environs year after year. The Princes of Ireland will appeal to all of them -- and to anyone who relishes epic entertainment spun by a master.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2005, c2004
Edition: Anchor Canada ed
ISBN: 9780385661294
Branch Call Number: RUT
Characteristics: 776 p. :,maps, geneal. table ;,21 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

An interesting history of Ireland, with pieces of actual occurrences therein. I must admit I didn't finish it - got as far as page 650. I found it too bogged with fictional stories of people from the Emerald Isle. I read "London" some years ago as well as "Ruska". These two novels were, I believe, far superior to that of "Ireland", and held my complete interest to the last page. Despite the fact that I am 85% Irish heritage this doesn't alter my opinion.

Apr 19, 2016

Loved this book, author kept me interested and something was always happening. Great history-like book that's fiction. It's a bit lengthy but not a problem. This is a great book along with the next book Rebels of Ireland!

Jun 30, 2014

I am a huge fan of this author. Although very lengthy, I loved this book and the follow-up book, "The Rebels of Ireland". If you want to understand the history of all the discord in that country, read these books. I now get it!

Jul 14, 2011

I enjoy reading books that I can learn something from. I picked up Princes of Ireland as my knowledge of the Emerald Isle was quite poor and reading a history book isn’t always the most appealing way of learning about a culture.
The book covers centuries of history from the dawn of the Druids, to St Patrick and the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland to the bloody battles of Brian Boru against invading Vikings to the murder of Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury by Henry II and beyond.
I found the start of the story interesting enough but by leaping, sometimes centuries at a time into the future, it made it difficult to keep track of the lineage the character’s belonged to, even with the legend at the front of the book to use as a reference. I also found that just as I was starting to familiarize myself and care for the characters, the story took off to another era. This quickly grew tiring and I found myself getting increasingly lost as to who was who and which side their loyalties lay, that I started skimming paragraphs about two thirds through the book.
Not a bad read if you are interested in expanding you knowledge of Irish history, however, I think I’ll wait a while before picking up the sequel, Rebels of Ireland.
The back of the book has further reading for those interested.

Oct 29, 2007

I loved this book. I am very familiar with Irish history. The families he created to live through Irish history just brought it to life and created a better understanding of what they went through. This is a must read before you read the sequel Rebels of Ireland.

MariePat Sep 27, 2007

This book is very good at showing Ireland's history.
Hard to get into, but it is worth a read if you are interested in Irish history.

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Apr 19, 2016

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