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  • Paperback
  • 778
  • The Princes of Ireland
  • Edward Rutherfurd
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780345472359

10 thoughts on “The Princes of Ireland

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    From Edward Rutherfurd’s website You have said in interviews in the past that you refuse to cheat on history What do you mean by thatA My fictional characters are free to follow their personal destinies; but I never alter the hist

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    Ok so I have to preface this review by admiting that I did my studies in Irish history so I'm bound to be a bit biased Having said that reading this book was like reviewing years worth of notes but compressed in an extremely enjoyable one thousand pages ok maybe compressed isn't the right wordReaching back to Celtic times Rutherford traces t

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    Edward Rutherford has proved with such novels as Russka Sarum London and The Forest that he is a great historical novelist in the mould of James MichenerIn this wseeping saga of Ireland we are taken from the eloping and flight of the striking Deirdre and her lover Conall in 430 to the destruction of Ireland's ancient mo

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    ”Long ago Long before Saint Patrick came Before the coming of the Celtic tribes Before the Gaelic language was spoken At the time of Irish gods who have not even left their names“So little can be said with certainly; yet facts can be esta

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    Historical novels can be simply human dramas set in historical times or they can be human dramas woven into historical events to bring those events to life We can learn a great deal from the latter and I feel like I did with Edward Rutherfurd

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    5 STARSThis was a wonderful fictional representation of early Irish history It begins in early pre Christian Celtic Ireland during the time of the fierce High Kings of Tara with their Druid gods to the mid 1500's and the

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    Let

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    After posting a poll about whether I should finish the book I thought about the pros and ons of each side TThe advice I got was very s

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    This is Historical Fiction I enjoyed that aspect of this book The info was well researched Ireland's history was a perfect clean slate for this saga Now the main problem I have with sweeping sagas in general is th

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    Atrocious saga that never allows the reader opportunity to connect with any of the characters before leaping another century to yet another boring epoue in which the truly adventurous exciting bits are merely dryly narrated as a history text If I wanted to read a text book I would Give me a thrilling novel for goodness' sake

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Edward Rutherfurd ↠ 5 review

The Princes of Ireland

He interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters–druids and chieftains monks and smugglers noblewomen and farmwives laborers and orphans rebels and cowards–Rutherfurd captures the essence of a place and its people in a thrilling story steeped in the tragedy and glory that are Ireland After posting a poll about whether I should finish the book I thought about the pros and ons of each side TThe advice I got was very similar to what I was thinking The first half of it had interested and engaged me maybe I would get interested again I don t like to spend 15 on a book and then not finish it At the same time though I d struggled through 100 pages and was hopelessly bored I didn t think I d want to pick up the book again not later not no how Since I did read almost all of the book I thought I would write about it anyway Edwsard Rutherfurd s been called this age s James Michener That s not necessarily a good thing as Michener s books can drag on and be excessively wordy Another problem is when you want to cover centuries in a book you lose a lot of the characterizationEarly on I found Rutherford s characters interesting and engaging I think he spent time fleshing them out and it probably would have been better if his Dublin Saga had been split into 2 or 3 books to give eual time to everyone The story starts in mythic Ireland covering a tale I d become somewhat familiar with Deirdre escaping with the nephew of the king and incurring the king s wrath the great cattle raid of C Chulainn Rutherford moved smoothly from mythology to the arrival of St Patrick and Catholicism with many characters carrying over from one age to the next The sections about the Vikings and Brian Boru were also fascinating although by then new characters were introduced I began to get bored during the Strongbow section and struggled at the end I struggled for 100 pages and then tried skpping around It didn t work By this time the characters weren t so rich or interesting any They just seemed like incarnations of people already introduced I lost interest did the poll put the book down and moved on to something else I m glad I did

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Brilliantly weaving impeccable historical research with stirring storytelling Edward Rutherfurd explores our shared Celtic roots in a magnificent epic of Ireland spanning eleven centuries While vividly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped particularly the character of Dublin Rutherfurd Ok so I have to preface this review by admiting that I did my studies in Irish history so I m bound to be a bit biased Having said that reading this book was like reviewing years worth of notes but compressed in an extremely enjoyable one thousand pages ok maybe compressed isn t the right wordReaching back to Celtic times Rutherford traces the beginnings of familys that exist today weaving his stories from generation to generation As he moves from one family to another his characters share connections that either flourish or are lost through the years The characters are placed inside actual clans and historical events giving us a vivid and colorful description of life before ours I was blown away by Rutherford s extensive research Not only did he set his story against every major historical event on the island but his description of the nuances of daily life allowed me a glimpse into each generations work play and homeAfter turning the last page I saw the advertisement for the second in the series The Rebels of Ireland If anything says how I felt about this book I went out and bought the second the next day Devoted to Drew years worth of notes but compressed in an extremely enjoyable one thousand pages ok maybe compressed isn t the right wordReaching back to Celtic times Rutherford traces the beginnings of familys that exist today weaving his stories from generation to generation As he moves from one family to another his characters share connections that either flourish or are lost through the

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Portrays the major events in Irish history the tribal culture of pagan Ireland the mission of Saint Patrick the coming of the Vikings the The Princes MOBI #224 making of treasures like the Book of Kells and the tricks of Henry II which gave England its first foothold in medieval Ireland Through t Historical novels can be simply human dramas set in historical times or they can be human dramas woven into historical events to bring those events to life We can learn a great deal from the latter and I feel like I did with Edward Rutherfurd s The Princes of Ireland As an American with 100 percent Irish ancestry McLaughlin on my mother s side and probably 100 percent English or mixed EnglishIrish ancestry on my father s side Clayton I have often wondered about the long running and mixed up history of the Irish and their English connections More than any history I have read Rutherfurd s novel has helped me to get a hand hold on that Now I will go back to some of the history books I have on the subject and hopefully glean much from them than I did beforeUsing the clan histories to lead us through the mists of time Rutherfurd does not go too deeply into the psyches of his characters Although I prefer the kind of novels that do this is of course an obvious choice on Rutherfurd s part given the breadth of the story he is telling and that s understandable The later chapters do bring the reader closer to their characters as the novel gallops to a conclusionI especially enjoyed the writer s delineation of the subtleties of the English conuest a devious English king the shared religion of the English and Irish Catholicism a foolish Irish Lord who betrays his people and the descriptions of the differences between the English royal political system of the time and the Irish tribal system The book is a long one about 775 pages but a good one bringing this reader back evening after evening much like Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth did And as a writer who is currently trying to sell a 500 page novel White Seed The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke when I read somewhere that an agent or editor said that you can t sell big books like this any because people either don t have the patience or the time to read them I feel like getting on a plane to NYC then jumping into a cab taking the elevator up to the 19th floor searching out the offender and hitting him upside the head with my copy of Princes or Pillars Sorry I had to get that off my chest Anyway don t let the length put you offIn the latter portion of the novel the Joan DoyleMargaret Walsh feud the Tidy marriage the O Byrnes and other relationships are skillfully used by Rutherfurd to enjoyably highlight the complicated life of Ireland both within and beyond the paleTo sum up The Princes of Ireland is a damn good novel very much in the Michener tradition I ve already picked up a copy of Sarum and will at a later date go on to The Rebels of Ireland


About the Author: Edward Rutherfurd

Francis Edward Wintle best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury Educated locally and at the universities of Cambridge and Stanford California he worked in political research bookselling and publishing After numerous attempts to write books and plays he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in and returned to his childhood h.