Edward Rutherfurd is a pen name for Francis Edward Wintle (born in Salisbury, England). Rutherfurd settled near Dublin, Ireland in the early s, but currently divides his time between Europe and North America. New York: The . The Princes of Ireland has ratings and reviews. Jaline said: From Edward Rutherfurd’s website:Q. You have said in interviews in the past that. The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1) and The Rebels of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #2).

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View all 83 comments. One thing that was a plus was that Rutherfurd really seemed to capture the spirit of the people he was writing about. It also reminded me of some of the works of Morgan Llewellyn, “Lion of Ireland” although, this udblin doesn’t quite capture the reader’s imagination in terms of the development of each character.

Let me just start off with saying that you need to be awake and alert when reading this book. 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. The Princes of Ireland weaves impeccable historical research and mesmerizing storytelling in capturing the essence of a place and its people.

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. 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 a haunting prologue set at the timeless prehistoric site of Newgrange on the River Boyne, the narrative begins with the tragic story of Conall and Deirdre the green-eyed girl – part romance, part political thriller, part horror story – at the time of the pagan High Kings of Tarathe druid priests and the coming of Saint Patrick.

Rutherford moved smoothly from mythology to the arrival of St.

The Princes of Ireland

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. Videos about this book Buy Online Click below to purchase this book in all formats: I enjoy Rutherfurd’s stories of European cities because you get the history of the city with a rich saga of interesting characters.


I think if the book had been broken into smaller books I would have stuck with them but I just couldn’t with them being all in one book. Edward Rutherfurd Official Site.

The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd

The Princes of Ireland. They were about places I see all around me still I knew how they would turn out. This is Historical Fiction. Jun 19, Jehan rated it really liked it.

The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1) by Edward Rutherfurd

TThe advice I got was very similar to what I was thinking. View all 5 comments. Books by Edward Rutherfurd. The Dublin Saga 2 books. From the passionate tale of Conall andDeirdre–a reworking of the celebrated Cuchulainn legend–to the desecration of Irish Catholic churches and shrines during the reign of Henry VIII, the history of this island nation is viewed through a kaleidoscope of interwoven historical and fictional characters caught up in all the pageantry and drama of their particular time and place in history.

By this time, the characters weren’t so rich or interesting anymore.

It seems to me evward 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. About Edward Rutherfurd Photo: Foundation The Princes of Ireland and Ireland: Feb 16, Karen rated it it was amazing. From the bestselling author of London and Sarum—amagnificent epic about love and battle, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of eleven centuries.

In the present book, I followed people with green eyes, people with red hair, and people with or with the appearance of one eye to keep me on track in this multi-generational saga. Archived from the original on 30 June I wantex to like this book so much! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Francis Edward Wintlebest known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurdwas born in the cathedral city of Salisbury.

Since then rutyerfurd has written five more bestsellers: To ask other readers questions about The Princes of Irelandplease sign up. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The Best Books of At the ceremonies she notices an attractive athlete, Conall, dublib of Morna, and the nephew of the High King. The stage is then set for the great evward between the English kings and the princes of Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath of Henry VIII and where this book, the first of the two part Dublin Saga, draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable turn.

From these beginnings Rutherfurd traces a myriad of Duvlin families – many of whom don’t startout as referring to themselves as Irish, but who came to Ireland as part of Viking, Danish, English, and Norman waves of conquerors and settlers – through time to the Tudor era. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, craftsmens and orphans, rebels and cowards – DUBLIN captures the essence of place and people in this thrilling story steeped in the tragedy and glory that are Ireland. Please try again later. Still, it is not bad.


Oct 07, Annette rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is also part one of two books focused largely on Dublin and I will be reading part two next. That’s not the author’s fault; it’s history’s. All I can say after finishing this book is Even though I’m not one for Catholicism or any organized relgion for that matterthe interactions and complicated motivations of the highly spiritual people of Ireland is fascinating – especially considering the differences between the Irish Church and the rest of Christianity.

Tied into these religious themes are, of course, many others that drive the growth of any community and nation – family relationships, love and marriage, commerce and politics, and Ireland’s complicated relationship with England.