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Wars of the Irish Kings: A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I Paperback – February 26, 2002
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Ireland's long history of struggle against conquerors is evident in this fantastical collection of myths, stories, and legends. This is a fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events as recorded by monks who determined what they thought were of significance: war and the activities of kings. Figures from early Irish literature--Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, and St. Patrick the snake remover--are among the heroes doing battle against a succession of invaders, from the Vikings and the Scots to the British. The Irish love of storytelling and a real history of resistance to conquerors are woven into these lushly told tales: gods and mortals engaged in petty jealousies and grand revenge, a king foretelling the future by placing a thumb under his knowledge tooth, and enemies disarmed by sorcery. Each section is introduced with historical background information to help the reader sort fact from myth, as much as can be done, but with a decided appreciation of the exuberance of the stories. Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book. Vanessa Bush
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“A fascinating mixture of mythology and actual historical events. . . . Lovers of Irish and medieval literature will relish this book.”—Booklist
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