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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The reigning master of grand historical fiction returns with the stirring conclusion to his bestselling Dublin Saga.
 
The Princes of Ireland, the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd’s magisterial epic of Irish history, ended with the disastrous Irish revolt of 1534 and the disappearance of the sacred Staff of Saint Patrick. The Rebels of Ireland opens with an Ireland transformed; plantation, the final step in the centuries-long English conquest of Ireland, is the order of the day, and the subjugation of the native Irish Catholic population has begun in earnest.

Edward Rutherfurd brings history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation: Brothers who must choose between fidelity to their ancient faith or the security of their families; a wife whose passion for a charismatic Irish chieftain threatens her comfortable marriage to a prosperous merchant; a young scholar whose secret rebel sympathies are put to the test; men who risk their lives and their children’s fortunes in the tragic pursuit of freedom, and those determined to root them out forever. Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland’s 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy, and glory through the stories of people from all strata of society—Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic.
 
His richly detailed narrative brings to life watershed moments and events, from the time of plantation settlements to the “Flight of the Earls,” when the native aristocracy fled the island, to Cromwell’s suppression of the population and the imposition of the harsh anti-Catholic penal laws. He describes the hardships of ordinary people and the romantic, doomed attempt to overthrow the Protestant oppressors, which ended in defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, and the departure of the “Wild Geese.” In vivid tones Rutherfurd re-creates Grattan’s Parliament, Wolfe Tone's attempted French invasion of 1798, the tragic rising of Robert Emmet, the Catholic campaign of Daniel O’Connell, the catastrophic famine, the mass migration to America, and the glorious Irish Renaissance of Yeats and Joyce. And through the eyes of his characters, he captures the rise of Charles Stewart Parnell and the great Irish nationalists and the birth of an Ireland free of all ties to England.
 
A tale of fierce battles, hot-blooded romances, and family and political intrigues, The Rebels of Ireland brings the story begun in The Princes of Ireland to a stunning conclusion.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/17/2014

    " This picks up pretty much right where The Princes of Ireland leaves off and follows the battles between the Catholics & Protestants, ending right after WWI with the declaration of an independent Irish state. It was interesting and a good solid read. The cast of characters is a bit wider and feels somewhat disconnected from the families of the first book, and I still totally needed a map to figure out what was going on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/31/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed in this follow-up book to Rutherfurd's The Princes of Ireland. I don't know if I will read his next offering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 1/29/2014

    " Learned alot about the history of Ireland through these 2 books--took me a long time(1600 pages or more..) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/28/2014

    " The sequel to The Princes of Ireland, The Rebels of Ireland pick up immediately where Princes left off, mid-16th century. It brings us from the upper-class British-Irish to a poor woman suffering from the Potato Famine in the West, to Revolutionaries in the beginning of the 20th century. Overall, an informative, enjoyable read. "

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