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Please recommend the best non-fiction/history books on Ireland

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Posted on May 29, 2012, 9:02:27 PM PDT
L. Thomas says:
I read the Morgan books, they were good. I also read How the Irish Saves Western Civilization. I am definately going to try The Story of the Irish race. Thanks for the suggestions and hope to receive a few more.

Posted on May 27, 2012, 3:54:56 PM PDT
How the Irish Saved Western Civilization, Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)

"Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost -- they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task. "

Posted on May 27, 2012, 1:52:40 PM PDT
S. Clapp says:
are you looking at any eras? Celtics, English rule, Easter rising?

i love Morgan lywens Irish Century Novels they are historical fiction but she does a good job of footnoteing what is fact and what is fiction. i believe they start in 1916 and go to 1999 (hitting the majors years between those dates) the years are also the name of the books.

Posted on May 26, 2012, 1:55:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2012, 2:00:34 PM PDT
erlking says:
I think the traditional jumping off point would be "The Story of the Irish Race", by Seumas MacManus. It's a comprehensive history that starts with the firbolgs and ends during the tumultous period when it was written in the 1920s. Having been written by a Donegal storyteller, it also has the advantage of being readable and entertaining. Even if it is not 100% accurate according to current understanding, knowing the traditional history will give you a better context for understanding whatever you might learn later.

The copy that I read had an absolutely fantastic, old engraving of a celtic soldier and early 20th century scholar clasping hands in front of an Irish landscape on the cover.

Initial post: May 25, 2012, 8:10:20 AM PDT
L. Thomas says:
I am trying to find the best books about Ireland and it's history. I want real information but would also appreciate historical fiction to read for fun. I am interested in all time periods. Thanks!
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