Princes of Ireland

  • by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by Richard Matthews
  • 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters (druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards) we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: The tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; and the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. The stage is then set for the great conflict 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.
Rich, colorful and impeccably researched, The Princes of Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master.


What the Critics Say

"A tour de force....Breathtaking." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Rutherfurd literally personifies history." (New York Daily News)
"A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

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The story is fascinating and the reader makes it even better. I learned a great deal about the early history of Ireland and its relationship with England and Scandinavia. I look forward to the next installment.

We think of the "Dark Ages" as, well, dark and this book gives insight into the social structure of the times and how sophisticated they were. I was especially fascinated in the womens' role and how much power and freedom they posessed.

I think what made it so listenable were the characters, who were blessed and cursed with personality traits that are so recognizable. Very absorbing.
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I have to say that this is one of the best books I have listened to. The story is easy to follow and all of the characters are vivid. The reading is well done, easy to understand and yet maintains the flavor of Irish.

I wanted a book to help me see an over view of Irish history and this was perfect! The best part is the writer didn't drag you through graphic episodes of sex or violence. You were aware that these things were happening in Irish history, but the reader didn't have to smeared with it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape