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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 Rutherfurds 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 Rutherfurds 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.

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From the internationally bestselling author of "London" and "Sarum"comes a magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of 17 centuries.

About the Author

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. His first bestselling novel, Sarum, is based on the history of Salisbury and Stonehenge. Russka, his second novel, recounted the sweeping history of Russia. London tells the two-thousand-year story of the great city, bringing all of the richness of Londons past unforgettably to life. The Forest was set in England's ancient “New Forest.” A former resident of London and New York City, Edward Rutherfurd has had a home in Dublin for more than ten years. He has two children.

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SnowCat, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by SnowCat)
A powerful historical fiction saga spanning the geological creation of Ireland to the interaction of kings, druids, warriors and their families across generations. Every character emerges with an impact on events creating a wonderful story that weaves personalities and great action through the centuries of medieval Ireland. This is a book you simply can't put down for very long.
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Keith Campbell, September 24, 2012 (view all comments by Keith Campbell)
Another incredible write from Edward Rutherford, who weaves his magic through characters of sequential generations into a magnificent history of Ireland. Incredible researcher of history, Rutherford draws his readers into each generation, probing into key clans and tribes, while richly expressing the beauty of Ireland and it's wonderful past.
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Lana D, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Lana D)
The Princes of Ireland is another wonderful Rutherfurd book. Using a Mitchner-like timeline, Rutherfurd gives a capsule Irish history from the fourth century forward, focusing on certain Irish "tribes." Anyone with Irish roots would especially enjoy this novel.
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