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.