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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May 29, Sammy rated it really liked it Shelves: It has been described as dublkn magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries.

Rutherfurd is like James Michener in that he takes you all the way back to the beginning of Dublin–before it was even Dublin. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries.

He writes wonderful sagas, tales that cover centuries, always keeping these long stories lively by telling us about the events and conflicts of people’s lives.

I was more familiar with recent times described in the book but not the first part, which explains why I found the earlier times more interesting. Videos about this book Buy Online Click below sdward purchase this book in all formats: He sees his calling as a monk.

Oct 16, Sarah rated it did not like it.

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

He can weave with the best! Rutherturd saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tarawith the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn.

The Princes of Ireland weaves impeccable historical research and mesmerizing storytelling in capturing the essence of a place and its people. While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: Edward Rutherfurd Official Site.

Seeing the cheerful acceptance of Christianity and then the corruption that spread from modern religion was all too evident thanks to Rutherford’s writing style.

I’m sure it’s true, it just wasn’t one of the aspects they dwelt on too deeply at my own convent school Employing the chatty style he perfected in his best-selling novels Sarum and Londonhe covers 17 centuries of Irish history, beginning in pre-Christian Ireland and culminating in the mid-sixteenth century.


The second I enjoy Rutherfurd’s stories of European cities because you get the history of the city with a rich saga of interesting characters. The story is woven together so tightly that Rutherford is able to say a name pages after that particular character’s part in the story has ended, and it will still strike an emotional cord in the reader’s heart.

Please join the mailing list to stay in touch. Retrieved December 20, The Rebels of Ireland. 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. I don’t feel like chapter rutherrfurd was a sufficient ending for these characters, and I wish he would have ended it earlier or given them another chapter.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you rutherfurdd to read. A place that will join Salisbury, London, the New Forest and Russia in a form of social history and storytelling he has made his very own.

The goddess Eriu was one of the most revered of the gods and goddesses worshipped at the time and most likely eventually gave her name to the Island. Although many of the characters were completely fictional, their interactions with historical events and historical characters allowed me to see what it may have I picked up this book just before heading out on a vacation to Ireland. Novelists and movie-makers are sometimes tempted to do that rurherfurd maybe they believe it doesn’t matter.


The Princes of Ireland – The Dublin Saga

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.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Sign me up to get more news about Historical Fiction books. To many of the seaports in Ireland, it was no different than past dealings with other traders from other countries. If I wanted to read a text book, I would! Francis Edward Wintlebest known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurdwas born in the cathedral city of Salisbury.

At first, I thought Rutherford was falling prey to this situation. Because the author’s research was so extensive and otherwise accurate to my knowledge, the discrepancy must lie with me.


Divided into a number of parts, each chapter represents a different era in the area of the novel’s history. Rutherfurd presents some of the information in The Princes of Ireland as a history lesson, dublih for the most rutherturd, facts are weaved with story and in turn it makes for rutherfurr compelling tale.

He is best known as a writer of epic historical novels which span long periods of history but are set in particular places. 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.

Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. Not all the time, but sometimes I just couldn’t see it.


This page was last edited dunlin 28 Novemberat It was done easily and simply. As he moves from one family to another, his characters share connections that either flourish or are lost through the years. Edward Rutherfurd Official Website. Sarum was published in and became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

And as long as the book was It does get confusing, because while there are times when Rutherfurd realizes the reader may not be familiar with the ancient rules and regulations of Ireland, he also sometimes gives you the benefit of the doubt that you will understand everything he’s talking about.

View all 3 comments. The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place.

Edard never really cared for any of the 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 rtuherfurd biased. Inthe City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place ‘Rutherfurd Walk’. Edward Rutherfurd brings history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation: