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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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. Lists with This Book. Last year I cheated a bit and read both London and the Forest, which, while interesting, lacked the same intruging characters rutehrfurd drive as Paris, but it’s become clear to me that Rutherfurd’s writing style has evolved and improved over the years.

Find other titles in Historical Fiction Literary Fiction. These books, I find, are very easy reads despite their tome-like appearance and weighty subject matter – complex political intrigues and long-forgotten mysteries are made clear and understandable.

And as long as the book was 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. Edward Rutherfurd brings history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation: It does get confusing, because while there are times when Rutherfurd realizes the reader may not be familiar with th Let me just start off with saying that you need to be awake and alert when reading this book.

To ask other readers questions about The Princes of Irelandplease sign up. Then there’s the Vikings arrival, the Tudor conques Rutherfurd takes us through Irish history starting with when the Irish were pagans. Since I did read almost all After posting a poll about whether I should finish the book, I thought about the pros and ons of each side. The later chapters do bring the reader closer to their characters as the novel gallops to a conclusion.

Edward Rutherford has proved with such novels as RusskaSarumLondon and The Forestthat he is a great historical novelist in the mould of James Michener. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

Stanford Rutgerfurd School of Business. I’m so glad that I decided to read the first book of the Dublin Saga as my dub,in summer read from Edward Rutherford, rather than one of his stand-alone novels I have Russka and Sarum on my shelf as wellsince it completely renewed my faith in his historical fiction.


I don’t feel like chapter 3 was a sufficient ending for these characters, and I wish he would have ended it earlier or given them another chapter.

The Dublin Saga Series: You also grow attached to the characters, at least the ones you get to know, others have just been placed in the story in a way that’s hard to follow. Question re Fionnuala Ui Fergusa [spoilers]. The bigger the audience, the greater our responsibility; and I don’t think we can evade that responsibility, whether we like it or not.

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.

Oct 24, Linda rated it really liked it. 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.

At the ceremonies she rutherdurd an attractive athlete, Ruutherfurd, son of Morna, and the nephew of the High King. Inthe City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place ‘Rutherfurd Walk’.

The Princes of Ireland begins in ancient Celtic rytherfurd and moves through 11 centuries of Irish history. Each new tale takes you from one family to the next and the events that unfold are based on real historical events and clans. This is a problem I have with Rutherfurd – the book finally started to get interesting to me, and that’s when he decided to move it along years!

I’ll still be reading the follow up book though Rutherfurd’s novels are generally at least pages and sometimes even over 1, It further explores the rivalry between ancient tribes and chiefs, the story of St. Sarum was published in and became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Views Read Edit View history. It involved fictional characters along with actual historical figures all intermingled with historic families and specific events of the time. When I used to teach history years ago in a girls school, I would have loved a book like edsard, something that would have transported the pupils back to the days of gods and goddesses, high kings and druids without any pain.


The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd

It told stories of love and betrayal, piety and treachery, jealousy and hatred. Let me just start off with saying that you need to be awake and alert when reading this book. After a haunting prologue set at the timeless prehistoric site of Newgrange on the River Boyne, the narrative begins with the tragic story of Conall and Deirdre the green-eyed girl – part romance, part political thriller, part horror story – at the time of the pagan High Kings of Tarathe druid priests and the coming of Saint Patrick.

Formulaic but not bad This is my first read of Edward Rutherford and based on several other reviews of this work, it appears that measured against the standard of his previous work, this one is perhaps not as powerful.

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The Princes of Ireland

Rutherfurd is like James Michener in that he takes you all the way back to the beginning of Dublin–before it was even Dublin. Their descendants the O’Byrnes, and the MacGowans, Harolds, Doyles, Walshes and Tidies, experience triumph, danger and failure in a sweeping saga that leads us through the coming of the Vikings, the making of monastic treasures like the Book of Kellsthe glorious reign of Brian Boru and the council where Ireland falls for the trickery of an Rutherfyrd king.

Refresh and try again. The Rebels of Ireland. I wantex to like this book so much! Enough to djblin you hooked on history. The history of the names and how they evolved in some cases there were even practical and crucial reasons for the names changing was intriguing. From his first bestseller, Sarum, to the 1 bestseller London, he has captivated audiences with gripping narratives that follow the fortunes of several fictional families down through the ages.

May 29, Sammy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 30, Irishcoda rated it it was ok. Not 5 star material, but again, not bad.

The Princes of Ireland – The Dublin Saga

The humor made up edwad the author’s switch from third person to second person outside of dialogue a few times. Boyne Valley Day Tours. I had heard great things about the author’s writings but it just wasn’t my style.