- Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: Christendom Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0931888786
- ISBN-13: 978-0931888786
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War: Ireland's Defense of Faith and Fatherland, 1594-1603 Paperback – October 1, 2004
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"Timothy O'Donnell has written a thorough, careful, yet gripping account of Irish history in the rather obscure period... -- James Hitchcock, Ph.D.
"Your study is an important contribution to the history of a crucial period in Ireland... -- Cahal Cardinal Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh
About the Author
Dr. Timothy T. O'Donnell is the President of Christendom College. He holds advanced degrees in history and theology and received his doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Dr O'Donnell is a well known lecturer and teacher and has done a number of series on EWTN in both history and theology, and is author of Heart of the Redeemer.
Dr. O'Donnell resides with his wife, Catherine, and their nine children in Stephens City, Virginia, and is a member of the O'Donnell Clan association.
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Yes, the author may have uncovered a nugget or two if he spent a decade plumbing the depths of national archives in Dublin and London, but for an event that happened 400 years ago and has presumably been well-plowed over by now, it would have been more likely that the result of such research would be minutiae, trivia and irrelevancies.
As for modern "scholarship" on the subject, I respect the author for eschewing one of the most intellectually compromised branches of academia. One can only imagine the outrageous thoughts of modern "scholarship" on subject of the Nine Years War: O'Neill and O'Donnell are probably deprecated for sexism, homophobia and lack of diversity as well as religious bigotry!
In all seriousness, the author did not set out to write the definitive history of the Nine Years War. He consulted a good number of primary and secondary sources and turned out a very good history that specifically acknowledges the role of the Catholic Faith in the lives of the Earls and the common Irish people, who rebelled because of England's cruel, genocidal persecution. Written as a counterbalance to modern pseudo-scholarship, which sweeps the role of religion in human affairs under the carpet, the author produced a beautiful and heroic history of a noble cause.
Basic facts such as who commanded at the battle of Clontibret in 1595, how many captains were killed at the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598 and the map for the Yellow Ford is laughably inaccurate, a simple lift from G.A. Hayes McCoy's Irish Battles would have sufficed.
I'll not labor the point, if you want a pleasant story that underpins your belief in a heroic Gaelic Ireland resisting the perfidious English buy this, if you want to learn something or attempt to understand this complex episode of Irish history go somewhere else.