It took a This book has been described as a sweeping saga of the history of Ireland, and I wouldn't disagree with that assessment. The interesting part about this book is that it is part historical fiction and Edward Rutherford is a pseudonym for Francis Edward Wintle.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 portrays the major events in Irish history: the tribal culture of pagan I 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 portrays the major events in Irish history: the tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of Saint Patrick; the coming of the Vikings; the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; and the tricks of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in medieval Ireland.
Through the 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.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by Ballantine Books first published December 16th More Details Original Title. The Dublin Saga 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Princes of Ireland , please sign up.
Are the female characters as well formed as the male ones? Sarah Lodge I love this book, but from a female character perspective, there's a few too many 'stunning' girls with 'striking' eyes that beguile men. See all 3 questions about The Princes of Ireland…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Jun 08, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: x-favrit-series , xxcompleted. You have said in interviews in the past that you refuse to cheat on history. What do you mean by that? My fictional characters are free to follow their personal destinies; but I never alter the historical record just to suit my convenience, or my prejudices.
Novelists and movie-makers are sometimes tempted to do that and maybe they believe it doesn't matter. I think it does matter. Because so much bad feeling - and so much political propaganda - is based upon the falsification of history. An extreme example would be the medieval blood myth told against the Jews - that they kidnapped and sacrificed Christian children.
Absurd, but widely believed for a long time. A small example would be the movie The Patriot. The bad guy English officer burns an American congregation alive in their church. This was pure fabrication. A deliberate lie. No such thing happened. Fortunately, many critics and journalists pointed out the error. If they hadn't done so, millions of people would have believed it, and no doubt many people still do. It seems to me that those of us in the business of storytelling, in books, plays or movies, have an ethical obligation not to mislead our audiences over the historical record, especially when subjects may be emotive and affect our attitudes to others.
The bigger the audience, the greater our responsibility; and I don't think we can evade that responsibility, whether we like it or not. This novel is one of several historical novels that Edward Rutherfurd has written, beginning with Sarum I opened this review with an excerpt from an interview posted on Mr.
These discrepancies or embellishments have always been minor and minimal in Mr. This book is also part one of two books focused largely on Dublin and I will be reading part two next. Dubh Linn with the approx. The ancient Fergus clan were charged with the upkeep of the crossing and to offer refreshment and shelter to those who broke their journey there.
The goddess Eriu was one of the most revered of the gods and goddesses worshipped at the time and most likely eventually gave her name to the Island. I was smitten with this novel from the very beginning. In time, we traveled through the sojourn of the simple English Priest, Patrick, who had been a slave in Ireland at one time and returned to bring word of a gentler, kinder God than the harsh and demanding gods of the time.
Meeting the various families whose descendants would populate this novel throughout its travels through time, was fascinating. The history of the names and how they evolved in some cases there were even practical and crucial reasons for the names changing was intriguing. As various conquerors came to the Western isle, I was mesmerized by how each conquering culture became absorbed into the culture already there.
The Romans brought changes briefly, although it was the coming of the Vikings largely Norwegians and Danish with some of the other Scandinavian countries also represented that had the largest and most long-term influence. Aside from the English, that is. This could have been an idyllic and completely peaceful place to live forever had it not been for the in-fighting between the Irish Kings and their clans. The years between and were the time of Brian Boru.
Some of the Irish believed that his mission was to unite all of Ireland under one leader, and saw this as a good thing. So the problems came down to three things that are still problems to this day — and not by any means only in Ireland. Money, politics, and power. Maybe because Ireland is such a small and concentrated area, the downfalls and the mistakes are more easily identified. In other words, it is easier to diagnose a problem with a tree by looking at one leaf through a microscope than by trying to see the whole tree through a magnifying glass.
When some of the Irish Kings and their clans began to appeal to England for help in vanquishing their traditional enemies, it drew attention to the fact that here was an entire little world sitting there waiting to be plundered. It was done easily and simply. To many of the seaports in Ireland, it was no different than past dealings with other traders from other countries.
It appears simple enough in this book as we cover over years of Irish history, but it is in reading the stories of representative peoples of the time that we can fully appreciate the tragedies, triumphs, and the joys and sorrows that all people of the time experienced.
There is so much more to this novel but it would take a novella of its own to fully review this amazing book. I am happy that some of the key families will also be picking up the story in the second volume. Their stories are truly amazing and beautifully written, with never a dull moment to be found.
View all 86 comments. Jun 19, Jehan rated it really liked it. 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 word. Reaching 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 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.
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 home.
After turning the last page I saw the advertisement for the second in the series, "The Rebels of Ireland. 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 Michener. In this wseeping saga of Ireland , we are taken from the eloping and flight of the striking Deirdre and her lover , Conall in to the destruction of Ireland's ancient monastic heirlooms , during the Reformation , in Rutherford traces the fortunes and interactions of several Irish families down the centuries-the O 'Byrnes , the Har 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 Michener.
Through the sweep of Irish history which Rutherford covers , it is also rich in human interaction and empathy as we get to know the wonderful men and women of Ireland through the ages , as the families and traditions of the nation are moulded.
Enough to get you hooked on history. View all 3 comments. Long before Saint Patrick came.
The Dublin Saga Series
Boyne Valley Day Tours. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd is an epic story of love and battle, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of eleven centuries. The Princes of Ireland weaves impeccable historical research and mesmerizing storytelling in capturing the essence of a place and its people. The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara , with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries.
The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd
He is best known as a writer of epic historical novels which span long periods of history but are set in particular places. His debut novel Sarum set the pattern for his work with a ten-thousand-year storyline. Sarum was published in and became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. His books have sold more than fifteen million copies and been translated into twenty languages.