by Edward Ruadh Butler


by Edward Ruadh Butler


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A tale of war, death, lust, and scheming, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of medieval Ireland and Wales.

Robert FitzStephen is a warrior down on his luck. Arrogant, cold, but a brilliant soldier, FitzStephen commands a castle–yet although his mother was a princess his father was a lowly steward. When a Welsh rebellion brings defeat and a crippling siege, his highborn comrades scorn him, betraying him to the enemy. A hostage of his cousin, Prince Rhys, FitzStephen is disgraced, seemingly doomed to a life of obscurity and shame.

Then King Diarmait arrives…

Diarmait is the ambitious overlord of an Irish kingdom. Forced to flee by the High King of Ireland, he seeks to reclaim his lands by any means possible – and that includes inviting the Normans in. With nothing left to lose – and perhaps a great deal to gain – FitzStephen agrees to lead the Irishman’s armies, and to drive Diarmait’s enemies from his kingdom. His price? Acceptance, perhaps…or perhaps a kingdom of his own?

Butler’s debut novel, Swordland is a powerful, impeccably researched story of medieval Celtic life, of the loves, losses, and hatreds of some of the most important figures in Irish and British history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786150479
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Born in Northern Ireland, Edward Ruadh Butler studied Biomedical Sciences in Ireland and business in the US before working in newsrooms, bars, and laboratories, as a security guard, musician, and a lifeguard. Butler began by writing about Ireland in the 12th century during his lunch hour, and a year later he had completed the first draft of his debut novel, Swordland. He is currently writing a sequel to Swordland set in 1170.

Richard Mitchley is a resident of Monmoth and a Welsh speaker, Richard Mitchley is an accomplished actor having appeared in countless radio dramas and with many years of experience in the theatre. Richard has both knowledge and a love of Welsh culture from Rugby to poetry. His family have lived at Parc-y-gors near the Welsh coast since the 1950s. A life-long amateur naturalist and historian, he has walked all over Wales and trekked in Nepal, India, New Zealand and Europe.

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