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By Edmund Curtis

ISBN-10: 0203987306

ISBN-13: 9780203987308

ISBN-10: 0415279496

ISBN-13: 9780415279499

Edmund Curtis's amazing survey of eire, from its earliest origins to the 20 th century, is a vintage advent to Ireland's attention-grabbing historical past. attaining from St Patrick's project in 432 to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922, this authoritative textual content explores the formative occasions of Ireland's previous and encompasses the Norman invasion, Gaelic restoration, Cromwell's payment, the Act of Union, and the nice Famine. Lucid and scholarly, this all-embracing account unfolds the occasions of Ireland's heritage and the tale of its humans, via an exam in their political, spiritual, social, financial and cultural prior. Ireland's distinct background is printed right here during the 'moving forces, the finding out evidence, and the boys who mattered'. that includes a chronology of key dates in Irish historical past and a suggestion to the pronunciation of Irish names, this celebrated narrative now incorporates a new creation via Sean Duffy.

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Along with that, it must be added, went a strong pedantic and antiquarian strain. It is tragic that not only did the Scandinavian and then the Norman invasions dislocate and partly destroy Irish learning, but they also 17 A HISTORY OF IRELAND did much to cripple the natural inspiration of the Irish mind. Of the Golden Age the greater part of the manuscripts have perished and can only be partly deduced from the reconstructions made after the Norse period. The pedantic spirit of the professional literary man unfortunately got the better of the inspired but anonymous poet.

This policy caused an alignment of rival forces which ended in the Norman invasion. Murcertach MacLochlann, king of the Cenel Eoghain (‘the Race of Eoghan’), subjected Ulidia and Oriel and united Ulster. He was Turloch O’Connor’s chief rival, and Leinster joined him from the south. Here Dermot (Diarmait) MacMurrough, great-grandson of the first Dermot, came into the kingdom of Leinster about 1126. In that year, in a vacancy, the High king Turloch imposed his son Conor upon Leinster, but Dermot asserted his claim and expelled the Connacht prince.

Oswald in 633 brought into his kingdom the monk Aidan with a band of monks from Iona and the rocky isle of Lindisfarne became their home. So began what Bede called the ‘thirty years’ episcopate of the Scots’. In 625 the Roman Paulinus had been sent to Northumbria, but his mission failed in the north with the rise of the heathen Penda of Mercia and receded to Kent. In its place the Iona mission reached as far as the Thames, and Irish bishops and monks were all over Mercia and East Anglia and as far west as Glastonbury.

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