Eyewitness to Irish History

ISBN-10: 0470053127

ISBN-13: 9780470053126

Edition: 2004

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The history of Ireland told through the words of the people who lived itEyewitness to Irish History draws upon original source materials to capture the tumultuous events and rich texture of Irish history like no other book. Comparing the readings compiled here to snapshots, the renowned Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis offers what is, in essence, a family album of Ireland and the Irish people -beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, and concluding with gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland.Through sources ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti, Eyewitness to Irish History touches on virtually every major event and offers vivid portraits of everyday life in Ireland through the centuries."A goldmine of information."-The Herald (Glasgow)"What an invaluable collection! [Ellis] gently guides readers through the centuries, but allows the eyewitnesses to tell their own stories. And they are riveting."-Terry Golway, author of For the Cause of Liberty: A Thousand Years of Ireland's Heroes"A powerful, expansive, and compelling compendium of the eyewitness in Irish history. This volume does full justice to [Ellis's] reputation as a prodigious researcher and judicial commentator on the great sweep of Irish history."-Dr. Ruan O'Donnell, History Department, University of Limerick
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Author and Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England on March 10, 1943. Even though he received a BA and an MA in Celtic Studies, he decided to become a journalist and worked at numerous weekly newspapers throughout England and Ireland. In 1968, he published is first book Wales - A Nation Again about the Welsh struggle for political independence. One of his best known works is The Cornish Language and its Literature, which is considered the definitive history of the language. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and writes fiction under the pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He is the author of the Sister Fidelma Mystery series. In 1988, he received an Irish Post Award in recognition of his services to Irish historical studies.

Ancient Ireland
Early Christian Ireland
The Viking Terror
Ireland and the Angevin Empire
Irish Princes and Norman Lords
The Tudor Conquests
The Flight of the Princes
Obedience to the English Empire
The Insurrection of 1641
The Cromwellian Conquest
The Williamite Conquest
The Penal Laws
The Insurrection of 1798
Union, 1801; Insurrection, 1803; Catholic Emancipation, 1829
Repeal, Starvation, and the Insurrection of 1848
The Insurrection of 1867 and the Land League
The Insurrection of 1916
The War of Independence, 1919-1921
The Civil War, 1922-1923, and the Aftermath
Irish Neutrality and the Irish Republic of 1949
A Protestant State and Civil Rights
The Long War.L'Envoi
Further Reading
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