The Princes of Ireland

The Princes of Ireland

Book - 2004
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From the bestselling author of London and Sarum-- amagnificent epic about love and battle, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of eleven centuries. The Princes of Ireland brilliantly weaves impeccable historical research and mesmerizing storytelling in capturing the essence of a place and its people.

Edward Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. From his first bestseller, Sarum , to the international sensation London , he has captivated audiences with gripping narratives that follow the fortunes of several fictional families down through the ages. The Princes of Ireland , a sweeping panorama steeped in the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizes the power and richness of Rutherfurd's storytelling magic.

The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully-imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters--druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards--we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: The tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. The stage is then set for the great conflict between the English kings and the princes of Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath of Henry VIII and where this book, the first of the two part Dublin Saga, draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable turn.

Rich, colorful and impeccably researched, The Princes of Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780345472359
Branch Call Number: RUT
Characteristics: xviii, 776 pages :,maps, genealogical table ;,25 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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