“LUCID AND ENTERTAINING . . . There is much to admire in this well-written, well-researched, and frequently original study of an Anglo-Irish family in decline. . . . Todd charts the rise and fall of the Kings from their earliest days in Co Roscommon, through the various maneuverings that brought them to prominence, to the momentous year which changed not only their fate, but the fate of their country. In many ways they are shown to be emblematic of the Irish experience at that period: within a year of 1798 Robert was dead; within ten years Margaret was living in Italy in disgrace (she left her husband for another man); and George King ended his days in a lunatic asylum, as did one of his own sons. . . . Todd gives an excellent description of the dynastic machinations.”
—The Irish Times
From the Hardcover edition.