Wars of the Irish Kings: A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I

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For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This remarkable book tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. While the battles formed the legends of the land, it was...
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Overview

For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This remarkable book tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. While the battles formed the legends of the land, it was the people fighting the battles—Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, Brian Boru, Robert the Bruce, Elizabeth I, and Hugh O’Donnell—who shaped the destiny and identity of the Irish nation.

This is the real story of how Ireland came to be, told through eyewitness accounts from a thousand years of struggle, brought together for the first time in one volume. It’s a surprisingly immediate and stunning portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that forged the Ireland of today.

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“A fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events. . . . Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609809075
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 538,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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David Willis McCullough’s most recent book is a historical anthology, Chronicles of the Barbarians: Firsthand Accounts of Pillage and Conquest from the Ancient World to the Fall of Constantinople. He is also the author of Brooklyn . . . And How It Got That Way, an informal social history, and the mystery novels Think on Death and Point No-Point. He lives with his wife, Frances, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

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    By Lifthrasir; Bookmaster
    I bleed green (except on tuesdays when i bleed orange). I am a total Celtist. I live and breath Ireland and its celtic cousins. Therefore, I am obviously a tad biast.
    But honesly, for any Tolkien fans, fantasy fans, history nerd, mythology geeks and the sea of Riordan worshippers, this is a good book. A bit thick, just like Homers Odyssey, but the richness of Celtic folklore and myth always astounds me.
    I love this book. If you are one of the people listed above (im nearly all of them, but i dont worship riordan, i just like his stuff), you should buy it.

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