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The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga af…

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga (original 2004; udgave 2005)

af Edward Rutherfurd

Serier: The Dublin Saga (1)

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Historisk roman om Irland fra hedensk tid til det 16. århundrede på Henrik VIII's tid.
Titel:The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga
Forfattere:Edward Rutherfurd
Info:Ballantine Books (2005), Paperback, 800 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Nøgleord:NOV2010, 12.99

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The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga af Edward Rutherfurd (2004)


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Long ago. Long before Saint Patrick came. Before the coming of the Celtic tribes. Before the Gaelic language was spoken. At the time of Irish gods who have not even left their names.
So little can be said with certainty; yet facts can be established. In and upon the earth, evidence of their presence remains. And, as people have done since tales were told, we may imagine.
In those ancient times, on a certain winter's morning, a small event occurred. This we know. It must have happened many times: year after year, we may suppose century after century.
  taurus27 | May 8, 2021 |
I'm so glad that I decided to read the first book of the Dublin Saga as my annual summer read from Edward Rutherford, rather than one of his stand-alone novels (I have Russka and Sarum on my shelf as well), since it completely renewed my faith in his historical fiction. Last year I cheated a bit and read both London and the Forest, which, while interesting, lacked the same intruging characters and drive as Paris, but it's become clear to me that Rutherfurd's writing style has evolved and improved over the years. Obviously this makes me slightly concerned about how much I may enjoy (or not enjoy) reading Russka and Sarum, but hopefully they at least have some good qualities.

But back to the point - this first novel about the Irish city of Dublin (and the surrounding areas) was an absolute joy. It begins its story at a time when Ireland was pre-Christian, an era where druids held an important place in society, and while I'll refrain from referring to as the mists of Irish past or any other such whimsical description (even though it's hard not to be swept up in the mythology and mysticism of the largely unchronicled era). From these beginnings Rutherfurd traces a myriad of Irish families - many of whom don't startout as referring to themselves as Irish, but who came to Ireland as part of Viking, Danish, English, and Norman waves of conquerors and settlers - through time to the Tudor era. He covers the most famous Irish saint (Patrick) with a carefully constructed but plausible interaction with the pre-feudal rulers of Dublin, and gives much credence to the rise and influence of Christianity on the Emerald Isle. Even though I'm not one for Catholicism (or any organized relgion for that matter), the interactions and complicated motivations of the highly spiritual people of Ireland is fascinating - especially considering the differences between the Irish Church and the rest of Christianity. Tied into these religious themes are, of course, many others that drive the growth of any community (and nation) - family relationships, love and marriage, commerce and politics, and Ireland's complicated relationship with England. The finale of the book leave readers hanging a bit, with Ireland firmly in the grasp of Henry VIII and many of our families come to uneasy (but intriguing) alliances, so I'll be hard pressed to leave off reading the second book until next summer! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Lots of Irish history, told through fictional family groups. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jul 27, 2020 |
Read this over ten years ago and it still stuck with me. A skillfully written work. ( )
  CatherineMilos | Jul 11, 2020 |
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for 10 years waiting for me to get the time to tackle a 700+ page book of historical fiction that covers 1100 years of happenings in Ireland. It took a global pandemic for me to pull it off the shelf and finish it. Maybe there is a silver lining to all this enforced isolation.

This book starts in the year AD 430 which was before St. Patrick came to Ireland so the prevailing religion was druidic. Areas of the island were under the control of different chiefs and kings but there was one High King. The High King was chosen by the druids and he had to mate with a white female horse to show he had the necessary qualities. One did not disobey an edict from the druids or the High King but Deirdre, daughter of Fergus who controlled the crossing of the Liffey River near Dubh Lin (which means dark pool), and Conall, nephew of the High King, decided to run away together rather than let Deirdre become the High King's second wife. Conall paid the ultimate price for his disobedience but he impregnated Deidre before he was killed starting one of the clans that takes part in Irish history from then on. Other families are brought in throughout the book. Of course there is intermarrying and it was confusing at times to remember who was a descendent of whom. Fortunately there is a family tree at the beginning and I resorted to it often. There are also three maps at the start of the book: one of the whole island, one of the area surrounding Dublin and one of medieval Dublin itself. I also flipped back to them often. Another resource is the pronunciation guide at the back of the book which aided me in mentally saying the place names, peoples' names and phrases sprinkled throughout the book. I truly appreciated this reference material; that's how historical fiction should be.

If I have one complaint about this book it is that there is not much mention of other areas of Ireland besides the Dublin region. I suppose if Rutherfurd had included that the book would be even bigger. He has written a follow up to this book; I'll have to try to get it to see if it branches farther afield. ( )
  gypsysmom | Mar 26, 2020 |
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