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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the internationally bestselling author of London and Sarum -- a magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. Like the novels of James Michener, The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place.

The saga begins in pre-Christian Ireland with a clever refashioning of the legend of Cuchulainn, and culminates in the dramatic founding of the Free Irish State in 1922. Through the interlocking stories of a wonderfully imagined cast of characters -- monks and noblemen, soldiers and rebels, craftswomen and writers -- Rutherfurd vividly conveys the personal passions and shared dreams that shaped the character of the country. He takes readers inside all the major events in Irish history: the reign of the fierce and mighty kings of Tara; the mission of Saint Patrick; the Viking invasion and the founding of Dublin; the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its foothold on the island in 1167; the plantations of the Tudors and the savagery of Cromwell; the flight of the “Wild Geese”; the failed rebellion of 1798; the Great Famine and the Easter Rebellion. With Rutherfurd’s well-crafted storytelling, readers witness the rise of the Fenians in the late nineteenth century, the splendours of the Irish cultural renaissance, and the bloody battles for Irish independence, as though experiencing their momentous impact firsthand.

Tens of millions of North Americans claim Irish descent. Generations of people have been enchanted by Irish literature, and visitors flock to Dublin and its environs year after year. The Princes of Ireland will appeal to all of them -- and to anyone who relishes epic entertainment spun by a master.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann | 2/3/2014

    " Though mildly interesting, I found this book disjointed and rambling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Craig | 1/30/2014

    " I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I had read Rutherfurd's earlier book "Sarum" which I classed amoung my top ten reads. The plotline seemed a bit contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 1/26/2014

    " This is a novel that is well researched. It is a very long account, passing down the generations from ancient Ireland to events in the early sixteenth century surrounding the revolt of Silken Thomas. The account focuses mainly on stories involving the characters created by Rutherfurd which blend in with the historical backdrops in which they find themselves. Although the novel is very long, it is very easy to read and Rutherfurd does not over-complicate the historical backdrop, although he could often do this. Fans of Ireland's history might feel that Rutherfurd held back a little bit when describing on Ireland's rich historical intricacies, but clearly this novel is aimed at the wider general public that might not appreciate these excessive details. However I am uncertain whether the wider general public would be interested in the events described in the novel which in my opinion would only appeal to fans of Irish history, so maybe certain historical details should have been described further by Rutherfurd. In short, I think that this novel should only be picked up by readers who are looking for a starting point to commence their understanding of the events that shaped Dublin up until the early modern period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jdh | 1/23/2014

    " Brings Irish history and its people to life. "

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