Eyewitness to Irish History / Edition 1

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Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, this book offers vivid portraits of major events and everyday life in Ireland through the centuries—beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.

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* “This splendid book is an antidote to the antinationalist revisionism…” (Irish Democrat, Oct/Nov 2004)

“Unsurprisingly there is an awful lot of gunpowder, rapiers, pikes, musket balls and more recent technologies of killing…” (Belfast Telegraph, 8 May 2004)

“… a goldmine of information… As a starting point for students and the general reader, this book can’t be criticised.” (The Herald (Glasgow), 1 May 2004) 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470053126
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,143,686
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER BERRESFORD ELLIS, "the pre-eminent Celtic scholar now writing" (Times Educational Supplement), is the author of many notable Irish histories, including The Celts: A History. Under the pseudonym of Peter Tremayne, he is best known for his internationally bestselling Sister Fidelma mystery series set in seventh-century Ireland.
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Table of Contents



1 Ancient Ireland.

2 Early Christian Ireland.

3 The Viking Terror.

4 Ireland and the Angevin Empire.

5 Irish Princes and Norman Lords.

6 The Tudor Conquests.

7 The Flight of the Princes.

8 Obedience to the English Empire.

9 The Insurrection of 1641.

10 The Cromwellian Conquest.

11 The Williamite Conquest.

12 The Penal Laws.

13 The Insurrection of 1798.

14 Union, 1801; Insurrection, 1803; Catholic Emancipation, 1829.

15 Repeal, Starvation, and the Insurrection of 1848.

16 The Insurrection of 1867 and the Land League.

17 The Insurrection of 1916.

18 The War of Independence, 1919–1921.

19 The Civil War, 1922–1923, and the Aftermath.

20 Irish Neutrality and the Irish Republic of 1949.

21 A Protestant State and Civil Rights.

22 The Long War.


Further Reading.


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