From the bestselling author of London and Sarum
comes a magnificent epic about love and battle, family life and political
intrigue in Ireland over the course of eleven centuries. The Princes of
Ireland brilliantly weaves impeccable historical research and mesmerizing
storytelling in capturing the essence of a place and its people.
Edward Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the
human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. From his first bestseller, Sarum,
to the international sensation, London, he has captivated audiences with
gripping narratives that follow the fortunes of several fictional families down
through the ages. The Princes of Ireland, a sweeping panorama steeped in
the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizes the power and richness of
Rutherfurd’s storytelling magic.
The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the
reign of the fierce and mighty high kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers,
the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the
ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd
takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries.
Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters—druids and
chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and
mercenaries, rebels and cowards—we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest
While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and
struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major
events in Irish history: the tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of
St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories
of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like
the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; the trickery of
Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in medieval Ireland. The stage
is then set for the great conflict between the English kings and the princes of
Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath
of Henry VIII, and where this book, the first of the two-part Dublin saga,
draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable
Rich, colorful, and impeccably researched, The Princes of
Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master. Download and start listening now!