The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

byEdward Rutherfurd

Kobo ebook | May 29, 2009

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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.

Edward Rutherfurd has introduced millions of readers to the human dramas that are the lifeblood of history. From his first bestseller, Sarum, to the #1 bestseller London, he has captivated audiences with gripping narratives that follow the fortunes of several fictional families down through the ages. The Princes of Ireland, a sweeping panorama steeped in the tragedy and glory that is Ireland, epitomizes the power and richness of Rutherfurd’s storytelling magic.

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Edward Rutherford is a pseudonym for Francis Edward Wintle. A writer of historical novels, he has also found success with multigenerational epics. His first book Sarum: The Novel of England was published in 1987. It was followed in 1991 with Russka: The Novel of Russia. He has also published two novels which cover the story of Ireland ...
Title:The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin SagaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 29, 2009Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay A lot of info and a lot of words/pages made it slow to read to some areas.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow This book is not as good as the other books by the author. The story is complicated and slow. It just seems to go on and on without any conclusion. There is a lot Irish history in the book. The way it is written, however, does not make it sound as interesting as it could be.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Taking me forever to finish! There are many interesting tales the weave through this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Princes of Ireland I have read most of Edward Rutherfurd's novels and, on the whole, quite like his work. Unfortunately, one has to be the least favourite and this one wins the prize. I hate to use this word when describing books but it was 'tedious'. The Princes of Ireland follows the author's tried and true formula of taking a location and following it's growth and change throughout many centuries - in this case the city of Dublin, Ireland from the time of the Druids to the 1500's. Generally the story is told through the eyes and actions of a number of families throughout the generations. Princes of Ireland felt like one endless description of minor, sometimes petty, battles from beginning to end. The people were never fleshed out enough for me to really care about them and, as a result this book never really captured my attention. I did stick it out to the end though - all 1280 pages of it because I have enjoyed so many other books by this author. If you have never read anything by Edward Rutherfurd, I wouldn't want to spoil that experience for you - try his excellent 'Sarum' or 'London' instead.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Zzzzzzzz.......... A looooooong book that jumps superficially from mini-story to mini-story to illustrate the history of the people in the area of Dublin. An interesting premise but the book is waaaay too looooong and hence not very interesting. I kept thinking that with the length of this book, I could have read 3 other books I'd have liked better.
Date published: 2005-12-12