In Search Of Ancient Ireland

In Search Of Ancient Ireland

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by Carmel McCaffrey, Leo Eaton
     
 

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The history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatherers appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age, to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time. The book also looks at contemporary Ireland's connection with the country's past. Companion to the PBS… See more details below

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The history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatherers appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age, to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time. The book also looks at contemporary Ireland's connection with the country's past. Companion to the PBS documentary series. "Well-written...integrates the talents of distinguished anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians....Contains new and fascinating material challenging many myths."–Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Loyola University of Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
...A clearly recommended pick for anyone interested in an updated, scholarly research tool covering the latest truths about Irish history.... Provides an important gateway to understanding early Irish roots.
New York Observer
Your search for the roots of Irish history and culture begins here, with this marvelous book.
— Terry Golway
Irish Connections
Journeys across the centuries to explore fabled Erin's remarkable past and uncover the real story behind the island nation's rich global legacy.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
In bite-sized morsels that accommodate the busy lives of modern readers Search tells us about both the major figures central to momentous events and the daily lives of commoners.
Library Bookwatch
As much as can be excavated or deduced of ancient history is superbly featured with a wealth of fine detail in this fascinating and highly readable resource.
Bostonirish.Com
...An illuminating look at the new finds and scholarship and their place in Ireland's past.... The deft and meticulously researched prose...brings ancient Ireland to vivid life.
Carroll County Times
A great story, interesting to read and appealing to anyone with an interest in Ireland...A readable history...poignant, not pedantic.
— Virigina Garnett
Bostonirish.com
...An illuminating look at the new finds and scholarship and their place in Ireland's past.... The deft and meticulously researched prose...brings ancient Ireland to vivid life.
Lawrence J. McCaffrey
Well-written...informative...new and fascinating material challenging many myths.
The New York Observer - Terry Golway
Your search for the roots of Irish history and culture begins here, with this marvelous book.
Carroll County Times - Virigina Garnett
A great story, interesting to read and appealing to anyone with an interest in Ireland...A readable history...poignant, not pedantic.
Carroll County Times - Virginia Garnett
A great story, interesting to read and appealing to anyone with an interest in Ireland...A readable history...poignant, not pedantic.
Terry Golway
Your search for the roots of Irish history and culture begins here, with this marvelous book.
New York Observer
Lawrence J. McCafferey
Well-written...informative...new and fascinating material challenging many myths. (Lawrence J. McCafferey, Emeritus Professor Of History, Loyola University Of Chicago)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635257
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
241,524
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH
In bite-sized morsels that accommodate the busy lives of modern readers Search tells us about both the major figures central to momentous events and the daily lives of commoners.
LIBRARY BOOKWATCH
As much as can be excavated or deduced of ancient history is superbly featured with a wealth of fine detail in this fascinating and highly readable resource.
THE BOOKWATCH
...A clearly recommended.... Provides an important gateway to understanding early Irish roots.
Peter Fitzgerald
This is not a typical scholarly examination of ancient Ireland. Ms. McCaffrey, accompanied by experts from the various periods, takes the reader on a journey through the Island visiting many of the most important historical sites. And much is to be learned as the most current research is shared. However, the most appealing aspect of the work is McCaffrey's beautifully descriptive reports from the places visited; she incorporates easy to understand discussion into vivid prose that seems to rise from the page & take hold of the reader. Highlights include Patrick's first wanderings & the beginnings of Christianity in the 5th century; life in the monasteries as monks build communities while diligently reproducing & preserving the great illuminated manuscripts--the visits to Clonmacnoise & Skelligmichael are particularly engaging; the Viking raids, which have never before been told with so much realism--the logistics of these sea & inlet manouvers left me with a new understanding of the terror inflicted on the native Irish, as well the way these raiders eventually came to shape Irish identity. Much of that period reads like a well crafted novel. If you want to become well versed in Irish history from the very beginning to 1171, this is your book. Highest rating. (When's the sequel?)

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