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Wars Of The Irish Kings - David W. McCullough

Wars Of The Irish Kings

Paperback Published: 26th February 2002
ISBN: 9780609809075
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

This is the real story of how Ireland came to be, told through eyewitness accounts from a thousand years of struggle, brought together for the first time in one volume. It’s a surprisingly immediate and stunning portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that forged the Ireland of today.

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"A fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events. . . . Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book."--Booklist

Introduction: Nothing but Troublep. xvii
Mythical Wars and Warriors
Introductionp. 3
The Second Battle of Moyturap. 5
The Cattle Raid of Cooley: Cuchulainp. 21
The Palace of the Quicken Trees: Finn MacCoolp. 29
The Frenzy of Sweeneyp. 55
Kings and Battles
Introductionp. 67
Brief Sketches of Three Irish Kingsp. 69
The Annals of the Four Masters: Ninth- and Tenth-Century Entriesp. 79
The Vikings
Introductionp. 85
The War of the Gaedhil with the Gaill: The Early Viking Raidsp. 87
The Freeing of Cellachain, King of Munsterp. 91
Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf
Introductionp. 105
Njal's Saga: A Viking Accountp. 107
The War of the Gaedhil with the Gaill: An Irish Accountp. 115
The Norman Invasion
Introductionp. 137
The Normans Arrive, 1169p. 139
The Song of Dermot and the Earl: Another Version of the Invasionp. 155
Henry II Comes to Irelandp. 175
John De Courcy and the Conquest of Ulster
Introductionp. 183
The Book of Howth: The Northern Conquest Begins, 1177p. 185
The Scots
Introductionp. 195
Edward Bruce Invades Irelandp. 197
Ireland During the Bruce Invasion From Holinshed's Chronicles of Irelandp. 213
Warfare in the Kingdom of Thomond
Introductionp. 223
The Triumphs of Thurlough: The Battle of Dysert O'Deap. 225
The Battle of Axe Hill
Introductionp. 237
The Book of Howth: Battle of Knockdoep. 239
Hugh O'Neill Triumphant
Introductionp. 247
The Annals of the Four Masters: The Battles of Clontibret and Yellow Fordp. 249
O'Neill's Victoriesp. 255
The Papers of Sir John Harington: Essex and Elizabethp. 269
The Battle of Kinsale
Introductionp. 279
The Annals of the Four Masters: O'Donnell and O'Neill Head South to Kinsalep. 281
An Englishman's Siege and Battle Diaryp. 287
The Annals of the Four Masters: The Battle of Kinsale, An Irish Viewp. 315
Afterword: The Flight of the Earlsp. 319
Glossary of Common Irish Words Used in Place-Namesp. 321
A Guide to Pronunciationp. 323
Sourcesp. 325
Additional Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780609809075
ISBN-10: 0609809075
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 26th February 2002
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 17.6  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1