Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal (Living History Library)by Robert T. Reilly
In 1587, teenaged Hugh Roe O'Donnell, son of the rulers of Donegal, is seized by the English and imprisoned in Dublin Castle for three years before escaping to join in the struggle to rid Ireland of English rule.
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Kris and Judy Wilcox of The Book Peddler wrote, "Here's another one of those 'They could make it into a movie!' books that keeps you always wanting to read just one more chapter." Well, in fact, someone did make it into a movie. Walt Disney released The Fighting Prince of Donegal, based upon this book, back around 1959, and recently rereleased it on DVD. My wife purchased it from her Disney DVD Club and we really enjoyed. I usually like to read a book first and then watch the movie, but having seen the film, we just had to read the book. This is great historical fiction set in Ireland in 1587. Almost all of the characters mentioned in the book were historical figures and the events portrayed really happened. The author simply had to fictionalize some of the details and conversation to fill in the story. Red-haired Hugh O'Donnell was the son of the Irish King of Donegal and a champion for Irish liberty. He was captured and imprisoned by soldiers of Queen Elizabeth I of England in an attempt to subdue the Irish, but escaped Dublin Castle--twice!--and survived blizzard and frostbite in an attempt to rescue his family's castle from attack. It is truly an exciting adventure. While we may not agree with the Catholic faith of the Irish, we can still appreciate the courage of Hugh and his friends to defend their homeland from invaders and their trust in God to help them do so.
This book was awesome!!! very very interesting & entertaining. I read it in 6th grade w/my class & finally just had to read ahead & finish it myself it was so good (sorry mrs collier)