Authors & Events
Authors & Events
Feb 26, 2002
| ISBN 9780609809075
May 12, 2010
| ISBN 9780307434739
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Feb 26, 2002 | ISBN 9780609809075
May 12, 2010 | ISBN 9780307434739
The riveting true story of how Ireland came to be, told through eyewitness accounts from a thousand years of struggle “A fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events. . . . Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book.”—Booklist For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its wars. Beginning with the legends of ancient battles and warriors, Wars of the Irish Kings moves through a time when history and storytelling were equally prized, into the age when history was as much propaganda as fact. This remarkable book tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. While the battles formed the legends of the land, it was the people fighting the battles—Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, Brian Boru, Robert the Bruce, Elizabeth I, and Hugh O’Donnell—who shaped the destiny and identity of the Irish nation.Brought together for the first time in one volume, Wars of the Irish Kings is a surprisingly immediate and stunning portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that forged the Ireland of today.
David Willis McCullough’s previous books include Brooklyn . . . and How It Got That Way, several mysteries, and, as editor, a number of anthologies, most recently Wars of the Irish Kings. For many years he was a member of… More about David W. McCullough
“A fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events. . . . Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book.”—Booklist
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