A history of Ireland from the twelfth century to the present, following on the author's highly successful In Search of Ancient Ireland. In addition to plumbing the historical record, Ms. McCaffrey discusses the leading Irish families and their social roles, and the great castles and homes that dot the Irish countryside. The history comes alive for the present-day reader. Illustrated.
|Publisher:||Dee, Ivan R. Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.15(d)|
Table of Contents
The Incomplete Conquest 3
The Recalcitrant Colony: FitzGerald Power in Ireland 32
Princes of Ireland: O'Neill and O'Donnell 55
The Plantation of Ulster and the Erosion of Gaelic Ireland 77
Catholic Dispossession: The New Elite 107
Patriots and Rebels: Grattan, Tone, and FitzGerald 126
A Most Distressful Country: Union and Famine 145
Struggling for Land Rights and Home Rule: Charles Stewart Parnell 176
Murmuring Name Upon Name: From Literature to Armed Rebellion 201
A Terrible Beauty: The Irish War of Independence 231
North and South: The Two States of Ireland 245
Chronology of Irish History 265
What People are Saying About This
"Written with verve and passion... In Search of Ireland's Heroes is a welcome challenge to conservative interpretations of Ireland's history."-(Kerby Miller, Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fascinating book. I love how it flows and is easy to read. History books are frequently dull but not this one! There is a lot of information it in considering how much time it covers.
Having read the author's previous book I waited for this one to be available and I am not disappointed. It is a very interesting read because the author gives insight into many historical events by quoting from parliamentary records going back to the twelfth century. I was especially interested in reading about the medieval period - how the great families like the Fitzgeralds lived and where their homes were. The constant resistance of the Irish to British control is told in fascinating ways. There is a great 'feel' about the personalities in each period. Also the nineteenth century about Parnell is really well covered. The style is easy and accessible. Highly recommended.