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It is easy to see why Ireland has produced so many notable storytellers, poets, and historians. It has a rich oral and written history stretching back over three thousand years. More important, it has what may be the oldest vernacular literature of Europe. The Irish have been writing eloquently in the language spoken by the common people for more than fourteen hundred years–despite concerted efforts by the English, beginning with Henry VIII, to extinguish the Irish language and deny the people any formal education.

A unique documentary history of Irish civilization from ancient times to the present, Eyewitness to Irish History draws upon original source materials to capture the tumultuous events and distinctive texture of Irish history like no other book. Comparing the readings compiled here to snapshots, the renowned Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis offers what, in essence, is a family photo album of Ireland and the Irish people–beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, as told in the Lebor Gabála Erenn, or Book of Invasions, and concluding with gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.

From the codification of the Irish laws by the poet Ollamh Fodhla in the eighth century b.c.e. to the defeat of the Vikings by High King Brian Boiroihme in 1014 c.e., from the English Tudor conquests of the sixteenthcentury to the Easter Uprising of 1916 and the subsequent establishment of the Irish Free State, virtually every major event is covered here in texts ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti. At the same time, you’ll find vivid portraits of everyday life in Ireland throughout the centuries as chronicled in everything from St. Patrick’s confessions to heartrending accounts of the famine of 1848 to the letters, diaries, and memoirs of a vast and multifarious array of authors.

The story of Ireland as told through the words of those who actually lived it, Eyewitness to Irish History offers you an unparalleled opportunity to experience the grand sweep of one of the world’s most ancient and vital civilizations.

Synopsis:

Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, this book offers vivid portraits of major events and everyday life in Ireland through the centuries—beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.

Synopsis:

The history of Ireland told through the words of the people who lived it

Eyewitness to Irish History draws upon original source materials to capture the tumultuous events and rich texture of Irish history like no other book. Comparing the readings compiled here to snapshots, the renowned Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis offers what is, in essence, a family album of Ireland and the Irish people—beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.

Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, Eyewitness to Irish History touches on virtually every major event and offers vivid portraits of everyday life in Ireland through the centuries.

"A goldmine of information."

The Herald (Glasgow)

"What an invaluable collection! [Ellis] gently guides readers through the centuries, but allows the eyewitnesses to tell their own stories. And they are riveting."

—Terry Golway, author of For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes

"A powerful, expansive, and compelling compendium of the eyewitness in Irish history. This volume does full justice to [Ellis's] reputation as a prodigious researcher and judicial commentator on the great sweep of Irish history."

—Dr. Ruan O'Donnell, History Department, University of Limerick

About the Author

PETER BERRESFORD ELLIS, "the pre-eminent Celtic scholar now writing" (Times Educational Supplement), is the author of many notable Irish histories, including The Celts: A History. Under the pseudonym of Peter Tremayne, he is best known for his internationally bestselling Sister Fidelma mystery series set in seventh-century Ireland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 Ancient Ireland.

2 Early Christian Ireland.

3 The Viking Terror.

4 Ireland and the Angevin Empire.

5 Irish Princes and Norman Lords.

6 The Tudor Conquests.

7 The Flight of the Princes.

8 Obedience to the English Empire.

9 The Insurrection of 1641.

10 The Cromwellian Conquest.

11 The Williamite Conquest.

12 The Penal Laws.

13 The Insurrection of 1798.

14 Union, 1801; Insurrection, 1803; Catholic Emancipation, 1829.

15 Repeal, Starvation, and the Insurrection of 1848.

16 The Insurrection of 1867 and the Land League.

17 The Insurrection of 1916.

18 The War of Independence, 1919–1921.

19 The Civil War, 1922–1923, and the Aftermath.

20 Irish Neutrality and the Irish Republic of 1949.

21 A Protestant State and Civil Rights.

22 The Long War.

L’Envoi.

Further Reading.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470053126
Author:
Ellis, Peter Berresford
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Ireland History.
Subject:
World History-Ireland
Subject:
European History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, this book offers vivid portraits of major events and everyday life in Ireland through the centuries—beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.
"Synopsis" by , The history of Ireland told through the words of the people who lived it

Eyewitness to Irish History draws upon original source materials to capture the tumultuous events and rich texture of Irish history like no other book. Comparing the readings compiled here to snapshots, the renowned Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis offers what is, in essence, a family album of Ireland and the Irish people—beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.

Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, Eyewitness to Irish History touches on virtually every major event and offers vivid portraits of everyday life in Ireland through the centuries.

"A goldmine of information."

The Herald (Glasgow)

"What an invaluable collection! [Ellis] gently guides readers through the centuries, but allows the eyewitnesses to tell their own stories. And they are riveting."

—Terry Golway, author of For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes

"A powerful, expansive, and compelling compendium of the eyewitness in Irish history. This volume does full justice to [Ellis's] reputation as a prodigious researcher and judicial commentator on the great sweep of Irish history."

—Dr. Ruan O'Donnell, History Department, University of Limerick

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