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A gripping chronicle of the ferocious twenty-year struggle between the English monarch and the feudal lords of Ireland, The Twilight Lords describes the first authentic colonial venture in English history, a venture that held captive a whole generation of the best that Ireland and England could muster. By the time the last and the greatest of the "rebels" surrendered, Elizabeth was dead, two waves of English settlers had been exterminated, and the southern part of Ireland had become a barren wilderness.
Posted May 22, 2010
Berleth's prose style is magnificent; his storytelling ability unrivalled and his research impeccable.
This is a masterful account of the 'fierce doomed struggle of the last great feudal lords of Ireland against the England of Elizabeth the first'.
Using extensive court records, it demonstrates how the 'Virgin Queen's' taste for blood, far exceeded that of her father, Henry the VIII.
If you want a dark monarch at the heart of an evil empire, forget the lord of the rings. This one ticks all the boxes.
Posted August 27, 2002
If you would like a straightforward presentation of all the principal players, Gaelic, Old English, 'new' and old scottish incomers and the events of the Tudor conquest of Ireland This will work for you as an introduction to the conflicts of culture and nation building. This is not a particularly confusing, or complex scholarly history, but it is accurate and has adequate footnotes and bibliography to get you started down the road to understanding the beginnings of English colonialism as well as the problems of religion and nationality that plague modern Ireland today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.