Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

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Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

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Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717157768

Genre: History

Page: 256

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Book Summary: Brian Boru is the most famous Irish person before the modern era, whose death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 is one of the few events in the whole of Ireland’s medieval history to retain a place in the popular imagination. Once, we were told that Brian, the great Christian king, gave his life in a battle on Good Friday against pagan Viking enemies whose defeat banished them from Ireland forever. More recent interpretations of the Battle of Clontarf have played down the role of the Vikings and portrayed it as merely the final act in a rebellion against Brian, the king of Munster, by his enemies in Leinster and Dublin. This book proposes a far-reaching reassessment of Brian Boru and Clontarf. By examining Brian’s family history and tracing his career from its earliest days, it uncovers the origins of Brian’s greatness and explains precisely how he changed Irish political life forever. Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf offers a new interpretation of the role of the Vikings in Irish affairs and explains how Brian emerged from obscurity to attain the high-kingship of Ireland because of his exploitation of the Viking presence. And it concludes that Clontarf was deemed a triumph, despite Brian’s death, because of what he averted – a major new Viking offensive in Ireland – on that fateful day.


Wars of the Irish Kings

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Wars of the Irish Kings

Author: David W. McCullough

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307434737

Genre: History

Page: 384

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Book Summary: For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its monasteries and its wars. The artistic flourishing of the monasteries has received a good deal of attention, but the violent and varied wars have in recent years gone unremembered. In Wars of the Irish Kings, David Willis McCullough has turned back to the earliest accounts of these struggles to present a rich tapestry of Ireland's fight for its identity. Beginning with the legends of ancient wars and warriors, moving through a time when history and storytelling were not separate crafts, into a time when history was as much propaganda as fact, Wars of the Irish Kings tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. This collection is peopled with familiar names: Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, Brian Boru, Mad King Sweeney, Strongbow, Edward and Robert Bruce, Queen Elizabeth I and Lord Essex, Hugh O'Donnell, and Hugh O'Neill. Battles formed the legends and history of the land: the Da Dannan meet the Fir Bolgs near Sligo, Brian Boru faces the Vikings at Clontarf in Dublin Bay, High King Rory O'Connor confronts the English invaders near Waterford, O'Briens battle the English (and other O'Briens) at Dysert O'Dea near Limerick, guns are carried for the first time in battle at Knockdoe near Galway, the Bruces from Scotland and their Irish allies overwhelm the English at Connor in Ulster, and Hugh O'Neill ambushes General Bagenal near Armagh. The book ends near Cork in 1601 when the English defeat O'Neill and his Spanish allies at Kinsale. Common people as well as kings appear in these pages. A foot soldier in the early days of gunpowder accidentally sets off a disastrous explosion, a harper's disembodied head is sent by error to the king of England, who displays it as that of the king of Ireland, and a Welsh camp follower named Alice is given the job of executing Irish captives during the English invasion. The sources for these stories and many more range from ancient manuscripts telling of mythical battles to a seventeenth-century siege diary. There are excerpts from such Irish literary masterpieces as The Cattle Raid of Cooley (The Tain), the monumental Annals of the Four Masters, passages from Gerald of Wales's account of the English conquest in the twelfth century, pages from an Icelandic saga, and even a blistering letter from Queen Elizabeth I to her inept commander in Ireland ("You do but piece up a hollow peace . . . "). The result is a surprisingly immediate and stunning portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that forged the Ireland to come.


Lion of Ireland

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Lion of Ireland

Author: Morgan Llywelyn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429913207

Genre: Fiction

Page: 448

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Book Summary: King, warrior, and lover Brian Boru was stronger, braver, and wiser than all other men-the greatest king Ireland has ever known. Out of the mists of the country's most violent age, he merged to lead his people to the peak of their golden era. His women were as remarkable as his adventures: Fiona, the druidess with mystical powers; Deirdre, beautiful victim of a Norse invader's brutal lust; Gormlaith, six-foot, read-haired goddess of sensuality. Set against the barbaric splendors of the tenth century, Lion of Ireland is a story rich in truth and legend-in which friends become deadly enemies, bedrooms turn into battlefields, and dreams of glory are finally fulfilled. Morgan Llywelyn has written one of the greatest novels of Irish history. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland

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1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland

Author: Morgan Llywelyn

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486846423

Genre: History

Page: 256

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Book Summary: "A deftly written history that reads as smoothly as a novel." — Midwest Book Review. Page-turning exploration of the life, loves, and battles of 11th-century Irish warrior king Brian Boru.


Brian Boru

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Brian Boru

Author: Morgan Llywelyn

Publisher: The O\'Brien Press

ISBN: 1847174698

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Illustrated by Donald Teskey This internationally best-selling author, winner of many awards in adult historical fiction, now turns her hand to historical fiction for children with a personalised account of the life of Brian Boru, from his childhood in the midst of a large warrior family to his final role as High King of Ireland. 'A life full of battles, intrigues, alliances and betrayals, which make a stirring tale told in realistic detail'. The Irish Times


The Cairn on the Headland

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The Cairn on the Headland

Author: Robert E. Howard

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN:

Genre: Fiction

Page: 20

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Book Summary: "The Cairn on the Headland" by Robert E. Howard. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.


Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland- Volume II

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Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland- Volume II

Author: D.P. Curtin

Publisher: Dalcassian Publishing Company

ISBN: 1987021258

Genre: ,

Page: N.A

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Book Summary: The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland (Irish: Annála Ríoghachta Éireann) or the Annals of the Four Masters (Annála na gCeithre Máistrí) are chronicles of medieval Irish history. The entries span from the Deluge, dated as 2,242 years after creation to AD 1616.


The Last Armada: Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Águila, and Hugh O'Neill: The Story of the 100-Day Spanish Invasion

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The Last Armada: Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Águila, and Hugh O'Neill: The Story of the 100-Day Spanish Invasion

Author: Des Ekin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1681770962

Genre: History

Page: 420

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Book Summary: The story of the last great naval battle between England and Spain, evoking a number of colorful and dangerous personalities who fought in the climactic conclusion to these two countries’ great rivalry on the sea. Ireland: Christmas Eve, 1601. As thunder crashes and lightning rakes the sky, three very different commanders line up for a battle that will decide the fate of a nation. General Juan del Águila has been sprung from a prison cell to command the last great Spanish armada. His mission: to seize a bridgehead in Queen Elizabeth's England and hold it. Facing him is Charles Blount, a brilliant English strategist whose career is also under a cloud. His affair with a married woman edged him into a treasonous conspiracy—and brought him to within a hair’s breadth of the gallows. Meanwhile, Irish insurgent Hugh O’Neill knows that this is his final chance to drive the English out of Ireland. For each man, this is the last throw of the dice. Tomorrow they will be either heroes or failures. These colorful commanders come alive in this true story of courage and endurance, of bitterness and betrayal, and of drama and intrigue at the highest levels in the courts of England and Spain.


Ireland's Immortals

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Ireland's Immortals

Author: Mark Williams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400883326

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 608

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Book Summary: A sweeping history of Ireland's native gods, from Iron Age cult and medieval saga to the Celtic Revival and contemporary fiction Ireland's Immortals tells the story of one of the world’s great mythologies. The first account of the gods of Irish myth to take in the whole sweep of Irish literature in both the nation’s languages, the book describes how Ireland’s pagan divinities were transformed into literary characters in the medieval Christian era—and how they were recast again during the Celtic Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A lively narrative of supernatural beings and their fascinating and sometimes bizarre stories, Mark Williams’s comprehensive history traces how these gods—known as the Túatha Dé Danann—have shifted shape across the centuries, from Iron Age cult to medieval saga to today’s young-adult fiction. We meet the heroic Lug; the Morrígan, crow goddess of battle; the fire goddess Brigit, who moonlights as a Christian saint; the mist-cloaked sea god Manannán mac Lir; and the ageless fairies who inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s immortal elves. Medieval clerics speculated that the Irish divinities might be devils, angels, or enchanters. W. B. Yeats invoked them to reimagine the national condition, while his friend George Russell beheld them in visions and understood them to be local versions of Hindu deities. The book also tells how the Scots repackaged Ireland’s divine beings as the gods of the Gael on both sides of the sea—and how Irish mythology continues to influence popular culture far beyond Ireland. An unmatched chronicle of the Irish gods, Ireland’s Immortals illuminates why these mythical beings have loomed so large in the world’s imagination for so long.


The Northern Conquest

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The Northern Conquest

Author: Katherine Holman

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1908493526

Genre: History

Page: 290

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Book Summary: Most historical accounts examine the Viking Age in one part rather than the whole region of the British Isles and Ireland. Very few pay attention to the continued contact between England and Scandinavia in the post-Norman Conquest period. This book aims to offer an alternative approach by presenting a history of the Viking Age which considers the whole area up to and beyond the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vikings have been traditionally portrayed as brutal barbarians who sailed to Britain and Ireland to loot, rape and pillage. The evidence presented here suggests a considerably less dramatic but no less fascinating picture which reveals the Vikings' remarkable achievements and their influence in shaping the political history of these islands. Katherine Holman discusses their skills as farmers, their linguistic and artistic contribution, their rituals and customs and the conflict between paganism and Christianity, showing that the Viking cultural impact was complex and often rich. Based on extensive and original research, The Northern Conquest presents the available evidence and guides the reader through the process of interpreting it. This is not restricted to historical documents alone, but also includes archaeology, runes, inscriptions, artefacts and linguistic evidence to provide different and complementary types of information. In addition, the book considers the contemporary question of the Vikings' genetic legacy. Interest in the Viking Age is thriving and expanding, both in Britain and in North America. Highly readable and casting new light on the period, this book will appeal to a wide audience.


The Birth of the West

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The Birth of the West

Author: Paul Collins

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610390148

Genre: History

Page: 496

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Book Summary: The tenth century dawned in violence and disorder. Charlemagne's empire was in ruins, most of Spain had been claimed by Moorish invaders, and even the papacy in Rome was embroiled in petty, provincial conflicts. To many historians, it was a prime example of the ignorance and uncertainty of the Dark Ages. Yet according to historian Paul Collins, the story of the tenth century is the story of our culture's birth, of the emergence of our civilization into the light of day. The Birth of the West tells the story of a transformation from chaos to order, exploring the alien landscape of Europe in transition. It is a fascinating narrative that thoroughly renovates older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval life was actually like. The result is a wholly new vision of how civilization sprang from the unlikeliest of origins, and proof that our tenth-century ancestors are not as remote as we might think.


The South Isles of Aran (County Galway)

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The South Isles of Aran (County Galway)

Author: Oliver Burke

Publisher: Litres

ISBN: 504061912X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: "The South Isles of Aran (County Galway)" by Oliver J. Burke. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.


Strength to the Strong Hand

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Strength to the Strong Hand

Author: Neil Martin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465314635

Genre: Fiction

Page: 292

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Book Summary: In 994 A.D. sixteen-year-old Conla OFeargal is captured by Viking marauders and sold into slavery to a landholder in Iceland. Five years later OFeargal escapes and makes his way across the sea to Dublin. He is soon befriended by the Black Cloaks, a rebel band opposed to the Danes. OFeargal proves to be a fierce warrior. When the Black Cloaks become allied with the army of Brian Boru - the strong hand of Ireland - OFeargal follows the great leader to Glen Mama, and takes part in a bloody battle that will change his life - and alter the course of Irish history - forever.


DK Eyewitness Dublin

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DK Eyewitness Dublin

Author: DK Eyewitness

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0756691052

Genre: Travel

Page: 192

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Book Summary: Now available in PDF format. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dublin will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse city has to offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations, and maps, the guide includes in-depth coverage of Dublin's best attractions, from historic Trinity College, which houses the richly decorated Book of Kells, to the James Joyce Cultural Centre and Old Jameson Distillery in the north of the city, and covering all the best walks, landscaped parks, and pubs in between. Comprehensive, full-color maps allow you to explore every corner of Dublin with your DK Eyewitness guidebook, and specially devised walking tours help you uncover the heart of Dublin, with sights, markets, and festivals listed for easy reference. Whether you want to wander around the Irish capital's many museums and cathedrals, shop on O'Connell Street, or sample a Guinness from the brewery itself, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Dublin will take you there.


A Short History of England

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A Short History of England

Author: G. K. Chesterton

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504022556

Genre: History

Page: 122

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Book Summary: A unique and accessible history of England from one of the country’s preeminent thinkers Published in 1917, A Short History of England is a “popular book of history” told through the layman’s eyes. G. K. Chesterton takes the reader on brisk, casual strolls through the annals of Anglo-Saxon history by discussing key topics and periods, including “The Defeat of the Barbarians,” “The Problem of the Plantagenets,” and “Nationality and the French Wars,” in clear and insightful prose. A fascinating collection of short pieces that bring the past to stimulating life, A Short History of England is a testament to the unique qualities that, according to George Bernard Shaw, made Chesterton “at once the most concise and the fullest historian this distressful country has yet found.” This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.


Luck Was a Stranger

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Luck Was a Stranger

Author: William R. Cooney

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781469760759

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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Book Summary: Who is Bill Cooney? Is he a poet, a madman, a former candidate for the priesthood, a son of one of the most prosperous and well-liked men in the tiny town of Kilbeggan, Ireland, an apple thief, a man spared three times from certain death, a gadfly, a fearless Saxon warrior, a student of medicine at Trinity College, a truck driver, a store clerk, an insurance inspector, a night watchman, a businessman, a writer of hundreds of unpublished puns, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an animal lover? Yes, and he's also the author of this memoir. Born into a prosperous Irish family, Bill Cooney had his life planned out for him before it even began. His mother told him he was destined for the priesthood. His father wanted him to be a doctor. But what he wanted most was to be free. He got out from under the controlling forces of his parents and the Church, to make his own way, leaving for the frontier land of Canada, a journey that took him from prosperity to poverty, and finally, to America, the promised land, where he found that dreams do come true, and nightmares as well.


Firsts (Collins Gem)

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Firsts (Collins Gem)

Author: Elaine Henderson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007554877

Genre: Reference

Page: 192

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Book Summary: A highly entertaining, illustrated guide to a whole range of firsts, from the worlds of history, science, transport, society, the arts and sport, now in ebook format.


Sir Walter Scott: Collected Letters, Memoirs and Articles

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Sir Walter Scott: Collected Letters, Memoirs and Articles

Author: Walter Scott

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8026838807

Genre: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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Book Summary: This carefully crafted ebook: "Sir Walter Scott: Collected Letters, Memoirs and Articles" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet. He was the first modern English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. Table of Contents: Journal THE JOURNAL OF SIR WALTER SCOTT Letters PAUL'S LETTERS TO HIS KINSFOLK LETTERS OF MALACHI MALAGROWTHER LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT Various Articles and Essays RELIQUES OF ROBERT BURNS LIFE AND WORKS OF JOHN HOME LIFE OF KEMBLE — KELLY'S REMINISCENCES SALMONIA ON PLANTING WASTE LANDS ON LANDSCAPE GARDENING TRIAL OF DUNCAN TERIG ALIAS CLERK, AND ALEXANDER BANE MACDONALD BIOGRAPHY: SIR WALTER SCOTT by George Saintsbury SIR WALTER SCOTT by Richard H. Hutton MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF SIR WALTER SCOTT by J. G. Lockhart


Australians (Volume 2)

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Australians (Volume 2)

Author: Thomas Keneally

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1743431449

Genre: History

Page: 464

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Book Summary: Bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story, in the second volume of a unique history of Australia.


A Dictionary of British and Irish History

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A Dictionary of British and Irish History

Author: Robert Peberdy,Philip Waller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119698421

Genre: History

Page: 720

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Book Summary: An authoritative and extensive resource for British and Irish history Quickly access basic information on the history of the British Isles from this reliable resource. A Dictionary of British and Irish History provides concise information covering all periods of prehistory and history for every part of the British Isles. Within this one book, you’ll find summary accounts of events, biographies, definitions of terms, and far more. Using alphabetically organized headwords, readers will easily locate the content and details they seek. A Dictionary of British and Irish History not only serves as a reference tool, but also stimulates broader learning. Entries are interrelated and cross-referenced to help you expand your knowledge of different areas of history. Discover comparable entries on England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales See overviews of major topics and historical events Get facts instantly or browse entries Use the Dictionary as an information source or a launch point for expanding knowledge This reference book will become an essential resource for students of British and Irish history as well as for professionals, journalists, teachers, and those who use historical information in their work. Further, anyone wanting to establish the basics of the history of the British Isles will find this a valuable addition to their library.