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White Knights, Dark Earls: The Rise and Fall of an Anglo-Irish Dynasty Paperback – November 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1898256946 ISBN-10: 1898256942 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Press (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898256942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898256946
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,397,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26, 2006
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The White Knights were a dynasty of Norman overlords who ruled in medieval Munster and were chiefs of the FitzGibbons, the senior cadet branch of the FitzGerald family, which included the earls of Desmond and Kildare. Edmund FitzGibbon, a renegade and the 11th and effectively last White Knight, died in 1608 with no surviving sons; his lands and authority passed to a niece, and through her marriage, eventually to Sir John King, a Cromwellian captain who was created Baron Kingston in 1660. A descendant in a collateral line, who became baronets, was created Earl and the two lines rejoined in the person of George King, the 3rd earl. Known as "Big George," he was something of a feudal throwback. In 1823, he built Mitchelstown Castle, the largest neo-Gothic mansion in Ireland. The Castle survived the Famine and the land wars of the 188os, but was finally looted and burned by the occupying Republican army in 1922 as they retreated from government troops. The author is largely concerned with the house itself and with the great and famous who visited and worked there, but there is also a great deal of heavily footnoted information on the King family from its origins to the present day.
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