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The Princes of Ireland - Dublin Saga, Bk 1 Author:Edward Rutherfurd From the bestselling author of LONDON and SARUM - a magnificent 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 Rut... more »herfurd 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.« less
Really good book spanning many generations in the "Mitchner" style. Brilliantly weaving impeccable historical research with stirring stories that are hard to put down.
This darn book kept me awake at night! Tis a good Irish tale.
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Helpful Score: 3
The story follows the development of Dublin as experienced by the people who lived there. Events ranging from the 4th or 5th century through the 15th or 16th century. The CD should whet your appatite for the unabridged written version. It is a very long book but is much more brilliant given the continuity not found in the CD version.
An enjoyable read. It's important to keep in mind that the stories told in each era are vehicles for displaying the times and history of the country, and should not be judged solely unto themselves. I came away with a much better understand on Ireland from this book, I can't wait to read the second part!
Ideal for car trips as the story progresses through a number of tales as history rolls along: love story, battles and politics. An interesting tale to listen to and learn about major events in Irish history up to the invasion of Henry VIII, mostly interpreting the great Irish historical legend. Really long for an abridgement: 8 cds, 9 hours!
I was highly disappointed by this book. Having read Sarum, London and New York by Rutherford I was looking forward to this book. It is written totally different than his other books and drags on and on. My husband tried to read it before me and also just gave up!