Sunday, June 12, 2011

Week 24: In Search of Ireland's Heroes


In Search of Ireland's Heroes, by Carmel McCaffrey

This is a short, but dense, history of Ireland from 1167 to the present day. 1167 marks the beginning of the English invasion of Ireland, and this book is largely a history of the conflict between the English and the Irish. As the title implies, the story focuses especially on eminent persons in Irish history.

It's a good book, but I found it slow going because it's densely written. It gets easier once the 20th century starts, though. If I'd had access to McCaffrey's first volume of Irish history, I would have read it first--it's on my list now.

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