The Princes of Ireland

The Princes of Ireland

The Dublin Saga

Book - 2004
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From the internationally bestselling author of London and Sarum -- a magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. Like the novels of James Michener, The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place.

Edward Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. From his first bestseller, Sarum , to the #1 bestseller 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 pre-Christian Ireland with a clever refashioning of the legend of Cuchulainn, and culminates in the dramatic founding of the Free Irish State in 1922. 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; the plantations of the Tudors and the savagery of Cromwell; the flight of the "Wild Geese"; the failed rebellion of 1798; the Great Famine and the Easter Rebellion. With Rutherfurd's well-crafted storytelling, readers witness the rise of the Fenians in the late nineteenth century, the splendours of the Irish cultural renaissance, and the bloody battles for Irish independence, as though experiencing their momentous impact firsthand.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday, c2004
ISBN: 9780770429072
0770429076
9780385659062
0385659067
Branch Call Number: RUT
Characteristics: 776 p
Alternative Title: Dublin saga

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Eil_1
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.

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chandowd
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!

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BlueHippo
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!

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haploU5
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.

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AnamCara
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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chandowd
Apr 19, 2016

chandowd thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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