Edward Rutherfurd is a pen name for Francis Edward Wintle (born in Salisbury, England). Rutherfurd settled near Dublin, Ireland in the early s, but currently divides his time between Europe and North America. New York: The . The Princes of Ireland has ratings and reviews. Jaline said: From Edward Rutherfurd’s website:Q. You have said in interviews in the past that. The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1) and The Rebels of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #2).

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The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1) by Edward Rutherfurd

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Brilliantly weaving impeccable historical research with stirring storytelling, Edward Rutherfurd explores our shared Celtic roots in a magnificent epic of Ireland spanning eleven centuries.

While vividly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped particularly the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters—druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, laborers and orphans, rebels and cowards—Rutherfurd captures the essence of a place and its people in a thrilling story steeped in the tragedy and glory that are Ireland.


Published March 1st by Ballantine Books first published December 16th The Dublin Saga 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers rktherfurd about The Princes of Irelandplease sign up. Are the female characters as well formed as the male rufherfurd See 1 question about The Princes of Ireland….

Lists with This Book. Jun 08, Jaline rated it it dublon amazing Shelves: You have said in interviews in the past that you refuse to cheat on history. Ruthefurd do you mean by that? My fictional characters are free to follow their personal destinies; but I never alter the historical record just to suit my convenience, or my prejudices.

Novelists and movie-makers are sometimes tempted to do that and maybe they believe it doesn’t matter. I think it does matter. Because so much bad feeling – and so much political propaganda – is based upon the falsification of history. An extreme example would be the medieval blood myth told against the Jews – that they kidnapped and sacrificed Christian children.

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Absurd, but widely believed for a long time. A small example would be the movie The Patriot. The bad guy English officer burns an American congregation alive in their church.

This was pure fabrication. No such thing happened. Fortunately, many critics and journalists pointed out the error. If they hadn’t rjtherfurd so, millions of people would have believed it, and no doubt many people still do. It seems to me that those of us in the business of storytelling, in books, plays or movies, have an ethical obligation not to mislead our audiences over the historical record, especially when subjects may be emotive and affect our attitudes to others.

The bigger the audience, the greater our responsibility; and I don’t think we can evade that responsibility, whether we like it or not. This novel is one of several historical novels that Edward Rutherfurd has written, beginning with Sarum I opened this review with an excerpt from an interview posted on Mr. These discrepancies or embellishments have always been minor and minimal in Mr.

This book is also part one of two books focused largely on Dublin and I will be reading part two next.


Dubh Linn with the approx. The ancient Fergus clan were charged with the upkeep of the rtherfurd and to offer refreshment and shelter to those who broke their journey there. The goddess Eriu was one of rhtherfurd most revered of the gods and goddesses worshipped at the time and most likely eventually gave her name to the Island.

I was smitten with this novel from the very beginning. In time, we traveled through the sojourn of the simple English Priest, Patrick, who had been a slave in Ireland at one time and returned to bring word of a gentler, kinder God than the harsh and demanding gods of the time.

Meeting the various families whose descendants would populate this novel throughout its travels through time, was fascinating. The history edqard the names and how they evolved in some cases there were even practical and crucial reasons for the names changing was intriguing. As various conquerors came to the Western isle, I was mesmerized by how each conquering culture became absorbed into the culture already there.

The Romans brought ruthervurd briefly, although it was the coming of the Vikings largely Norwegians and Danish with some of the other Scandinavian countries also represented that had the largest and most long-term influence. Aside from the English, that is. This could have been an idyllic and completely peaceful place to live forever had it not been for the in-fighting between the Irish Kings and their clans.

The years between and were the time of Brian Boru. Some edwward the Irish believed that his mission was to unite all of Ireland under one leader, and saw this as a good thing. So the problems came down to three things that are still problems to this ruthefrurd — and not by any means only in Ireland.

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Money, politics, and power. Maybe because Ireland is such a small and edwward area, the downfalls and the mistakes are more easily fublin. In other words, it is easier to diagnose a problem with a tree by looking at one leaf through a microscope than by trying to see the whole tree through a magnifying glass.

When some of the Irish Kings and their clans began to appeal to England for help in vanquishing their traditional enemies, it drew attention to the fact that here was an entire little world sitting there waiting to be plundered.

It was done easily and simply. To many of the seaports in Ireland, it was no different than past dealings with other traders from other countries. It appears simple enough in this book as we cover over years of Irish history, but it is in reading the stories of representative peoples of the time that we can fully appreciate the tragedies, triumphs, and the joys and sorrows that all people of the time experienced. There is so much more to this novel but it would take a novella of its own to fully review this amazing book.

I am happy that some of the key families will also be picking up the story in the second volume. Their stories are truly amazing and beautifully written, with never a dull moment to be found.

View all 83 comments. Jun 19, Jehan rated it really liked it. Ok, so I have to preface this review by admiting that I did my studies in Irish history so I’m bound to be a bit biased. Having said that, reading this book was like reviewing years worth of notes but compressed in an extremely enjoyable one thousand pages ok, maybe compressed isn’t the right word.

Reaching back to Celtic times, Rutherford traces the beginnings of familys that exist today, weaving his stories from generation to generation. As he moves from one family to another, his characters Ok, so I have to preface this review by admiting that I did my studies in Irish history so I’m bound to be a bit biased. As he moves from one family to another, his characters share connections that either flourish or are lost through the years.


The characters are placed inside actual clans and historical events, giving us a vivid and colorful description of life before ours. I was blown away by Rutherford’s extensive research. Not only did he set his story against every major historical event on the island, but his description of the nuances of daily life allowed me a glimpse into each generations’ work, play and home.

After turning the last page I saw the advertisement for the second in the series, “The Rebels of Ireland. Edward Rutherford has proved with such novels as RusskaSarumLondon and The Forestthat he is a great historical novelist in the mould of James Michener. In this wseeping saga of Irelandwe are taken from the eloping and flight of the striking Deirdre and her loverConall in to the destruction of Ireland’s ancient monastic heirloomsduring the Reformationin Rutherford traces the fortunes and interactions of several Irish families down the centuries-the O ‘Byrnesthe Har Edward Rutherford has proved with such novels as RusskaSarumLondon and The Forestthat he is a great historical novelist in the mould of James Michener.

Through the sweep of Irish history which Rutherford coversit is also rich in human interaction and empathy as we get to know the wonderful men and women of Ireland through the agesas the families and traditions of the nation are moulded. Enough to get you hooked on history. View all 3 comments. Jun 10, Paul Clayton rated it it was amazing. Historical novels can be simply human dramas set in historical times, or they can be human dramas woven into historical events, to bring those events to life.

Now I will go back to some of the history books I have on the subject and hopefully glean much more from them than I did before.

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Using the clan histories to lead us through the mists of time, Rutherfurd does not go too deeply into the psyches of his characters. The later edwarr do bring the reader closer to their characters as the novel gallops to a conclusion.

And as a writer who is currently trying to sell duglin page novel White Seed: Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. To sum up, The Princes of Ireland is a damn good novel, very much in the Michener tradition.

Feb 16, Karen rated it it was amazing.

It has been described as “A magnificent epic about love rutuerfurd war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture 5 STARS This was a wonderful fictional representation of early Irish history.

The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place. It was told in segments involving multiple generations. It involved fictional characters along with actual historical figures all intermingled with historic families and specific events of the rutyerfurd. It told stories of love and betrayal, piety and treachery, jealousy and hatred. And as long as the book was I didn’t want it to end.

There is a sequel which Rutherfurc will take on soon The Rebels of Ireland.