The Rebels of Ireland: Dublin Saga series, Book 2

The Rebels of Ireland Dublin Saga series Book The reigning master of grand historical fiction returns with the stirring conclusion to his bestselling Dublin Saga The Princes of Ireland the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd s magisterial epic of

  • Title: The Rebels of Ireland: Dublin Saga series, Book 2
  • Author: Edward Rutherfurd John Keating
  • ISBN: 9780739339930
  • Page: 444
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • The reigning master of grand historical fiction returns with the stirring conclusion to his bestselling Dublin Saga The Princes of Ireland, the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd s magisterial epic of Irish history, ended with the disastrous Irish revolt of 1534 and the disappearance of the sacred Staff of Saint Patrick The Rebels of Ireland opens with an Ireland transfoThe reigning master of grand historical fiction returns with the stirring conclusion to his bestselling Dublin Saga The Princes of Ireland, the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd s magisterial epic of Irish history, ended with the disastrous Irish revolt of 1534 and the disappearance of the sacred Staff of Saint Patrick The Rebels of Ireland opens with an Ireland transformed plantation, the final step in the centuries long English conquest of Ireland, is the order of the day, and the subjugation of the native Irish Catholic population has begun in earnest Edward Rutherfurd brings history to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation Brothers who must choose between fidelity to their ancient faith or the security of their families a wife whose passion for a charismatic Irish chieftain threatens her comfortable marriage to a prosperous merchant a young scholar whose secret rebel sympathies are put to the test men who risk their lives and their children s fortunes in the tragic pursuit of freedom, and those determined to root them out forever Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland s 400 year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy, and glory through the stories of people from all strata of society Protestant and Catholic, rich and poor, conniving and heroic His richly detailed narrative brings to life watershed moments and events, from the time of plantation settlements to the Flight of the Earls, when the native aristocracy fled the island, to Cromwell s suppression of the population and the imposition of the harsh anti Catholic penal laws He describes the hardships of ordinary people and the romantic, doomed attempt to overthrow the Protestant oppressors, which ended in defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, and the departure of the Wild Geese In vivid tones Rutherfurd re creates Grattan s Parliament, Wolfe Tone s attempted French invasion of 1798, the tragic rising of Robert Emmet, the Catholic campaign of Daniel O Connell, the catastrophic famine, the mass migration to America, and the glorious Irish Renaissance of Yeats and Joyce And through the eyes of his characters, he captures the rise of Charles Stewart Parnell and the great Irish nationalists and the birth of an Ireland free of all ties to England A tale of fierce battles, hot blooded romances, and family and political intrigues, The Rebels of Ireland brings the story begun in The Princes of Ireland to a stunning conclusion.

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    1. This was a terribly sad but fascinating novel regarding a number of families, Protestant, Catholic, and Quaker on the Emerald Island. It covers nearly five centuries of tumultuous history from the Age of Elizabeth until the Irish Civil War. This is the first Edward Rutherford book I have read and because of its epic nature and focus on specific times and places, I can only compare him to James Michenar. That is high praise. I do wish that Rutherford would have included some of the main historica [...]

    2. I loved this book! In fact, I loved the two book series. As one who studies Irish culture and history, I found this series of books to be not only entertaining, but educational, as well. Though not as dearly loved as Trinity by Leon Uris (lets face it, no one can beat Conor Larkin as an Irish hero,)this book covers that same period of time with a few additional centuries thrown in. I did find that I had to review the family tree on several occasions, as the multiple family connections became com [...]

    3. Much more gripping than the first book in the series. I appreciated getting a solid view of Ireland’s history and the causes behind much of their strife.

    4. Nice chronicle covering three centuries of Ireland's past right up to the Easter uprising in 1916 and the island's independence in 1921.Rutherfurd's history sweepers are engrossing and challenging (Sarum, Russka). This one is no exception. I knew about the Catholic and Protestant divide over the centuries, but had no idea just how convoluted, murky, and ultimately intertwined it was. Family landlords, Old English Gentry, the Ascendancy, name changes, families deliberately deciding to make some c [...]

    5. On one hand, I really like Rutherfurd's style of telling history. By following the same families through hundreds of years, it's possible to see how the country changed over time and how those changes affected generations of real people from different backgrounds. On the other hand, it is so frustrating to start feeling close to a character only to suddenly shift 40 years in the future, where that character is dead and his children are middle-aged. There were also many characters I wanted to kno [...]

    6. This was a well-researched history book with a low-level soap-opera plot: basically the perfect recipe for a boring book. The things that annoyed me the most were the shamefully shallow characters and the physical descriptions of female characters, who all are a horrifying combination of "peachy skin", "tender breasts" and other nonsense.

    7. Simply magnificent. The convoluted, tragic history of Ireland is done justice in this epic book. Impossible to summarize so just read it.

    8. This sweeping (and I mean sweeping) epic of Irish history is the 2nd in a series. It's very ambitious covering a period from the late 16th century to the early 20th century. Great writing and interesting history make it an enjoyable read but it's almost too ambitious! I'm in the last 50 pages and am looking forward to being done! The most interesting angle of this history - one which I never fully understood -is how and why the religious rifts occurred in Ireland. I also learned the "old English [...]

    9. Rutherfurd is fair and historically accurate -- even sensitive, I would say -- but the centuries-long scope of the book is too broad to support anything terribly profound. Generations come and go, and characters who are developing nicely are quickly snuffed out by time. I suppose this is simply the nature of a history-based novel that takes place over a long span of time, and I suppose I was unreasonably hoping for something with a little more depth. It's not a bad read, given the parameters Rut [...]

    10. Rating: 7/10. The second book of 'The Dublin Saga; the first was 'The Princes of Ireland' which I read in Feb./06. I also read Rutherfurd's 'London' which was excellent. In this fictional account the English take over Ireland lock, stock, and barrel. After reading the accounts of British oppression you can understand completely why the Irish hate the English so much. Rutherfurd's style is like Michenersa story at each level or time period. Very effective. I enjoyed both books in this series alth [...]

    11. Finally finished! This was another fantastic look at over 500 years of history. The first book, The Princes of Ireland, starts in 430AD, and follows six Irish families through the reign of King Henry VIII. This was the second book in the series, following the same six families from the the 1500s through the Easter Rising of 1916. Highly recommended!

    12. At times the characters' stories and interactions seemed a bit forced to be able to fit into the timeline but other than that, great stuff. Also, not as descriptive of settings/characters as I'd like.

    13. After reading hundreds of pages in a sprawling, unhurried hand, the ending seemed rushed and jerky. It almost seemed that the book could have been longer (Did I really just say that about an eight hundred page book?). I've thoroughly enjoyed my time wandering through Rutherfurd's Dublin. I learned so much about Irish history and mindset. They are to be greatly admired, and I count myself lucky that I am of Irish descent.

    14. Fictional account of Irish HistoryThe book leads you through time with stirring events that take place in the lives of several fictional families. The historical content is concise. The elements of relationships make Irish history come to life.

    15. I'd set this aside several times, and was determined that I'd read it this year for St. Patrick's Day. I think it's safe to say that this is my second-favourite Rutherfurd, after Sarum. The characters' stories that we follow through the river of Ireland's history are good ones; they are compelling enough to keep you coming back even through the darker historic times. Still, this is an intense book. I recommend it for anyone interested in brushing up on Ireland's history from 1500-1900, yet I cau [...]

    16. I know the political history of Ireland is a complex one, but this second volume of the Dublin saga seems to think long plodding scenes of political discourse are more interesting than the human angle. It's absolutely bizarre that the Famine, the Diaspora and the Easter Uprising are all dealt with in the last hundred and fifty pages when you could have gotten a lengthy novel out of just one of those events alone. Indeed, the end is so rushed that one feels shortchanged after 1800-odd pages. Are [...]

    17. Tells the peculiar history of Ireland through 2 long books. The first, Princes of Ireland, is fabulous, old tribes, princes feuds and the obligatory pair of flashing green eyes that threads through both books and centuries! I listened to this one, very entertaining and informative. I understand more of the "troubles".

    18. I listened to the audio version of this book before joining in 2010. Rutherfurd does a wonderful job of bringing Ireland's history to life through this fictionalized account of the Protestant and Catholic adversity. He has a gift for making history palatable and unforgettable. I would read more of his books except they are so blooming long and my TBR list is likewise.

    19. It was a very good read indeed. It defines both the chartacter of the Irish and the duplicity of the English with a balanced point of view and a good story sense.

    20. I'm a serious Edward Rutherfurd fan, having read all his books about England and Ireland. This one was my least favorite, but I would have liked to give it a 3.5 rating. The challenge with this book, more than likely, resides in my difficulty in understanding the extraordinarily complex, sometimes subtle and sometimes intense, issues between the Catholics and Protestant (Presbyterians too) over the centuries in the two countries.Following the political wranglings, injustices, arbitrary policies, [...]

    21. It may have been a mistake to attempt reading two Edward Rutherfurd books in one year, but since it took me until 2018 to actually finish it I won’t quite count it as a faux pas. I briefly grew weary of the historic melodrama during the chaotic cross-provincial move, but I found my bearing again in mid-December once things had settled down a bit. This second book about the families of Dublin and the surrounding area was a lot less romantic than the Princes of Ireland, but it seems fitting sinc [...]

    22. A wonderful way to learn history. As it turns out, I knew virtually nothing about Irish history. Its really a very sad story, and shows that different race/skin color/ethnicity are not required for humans to hate or feel contempt for other human beings. Religion is one of those differentiating human traits that causes irrational enmity, and the multi-generational conflict between Protestants and Catholics makes it easier to understand the current (and not really recent) conflict between Shiite a [...]

    23. I listened to the audio version of this book. It took 24 discs just for volume #2! I did enjoy both parts of this extensive history of Ireland, but I must admit, that I began to glaze over at times during the last chapters. Many years ago I read Trinity by Leon Uris and I think that did a better job and was a bit more enjoyable. I tend to pay more attention to the character development rather than the details of the history.

    24. Rutherfurd fa bella mostra delle sue grandiose capacità descrittive, facendo dell'Irlanda non solo lo sfondo sul quale avvengono i fatti, ma anche un vero personaggio che si evolve e cresce col mutare dei tempi.Un ottimo modo per leggere la storia poiché permette di vedere gli effetti che i grandi eventi hanno sulla gente comune, senza dimenticare che spesso è il "popolino" a fare, inconsapevolmente, quella che i grandi studiosi chiamano La Storia.

    25. I've read a number of Rutherford's books. This was not one of his best, perhaps because I'm more familiar with the history of Ireland. It seemed long winded - the stories were drawn out to no real purpose. His elaboration of the rebels at various times seemed weak and distant; he couldn't seem to get close enough to the people involved, only those on the periphery for the most part. I'm reading Paris next - I hope that's better.

    26. Anyone interested in their Irish ancestry should read books 1 &2 of this Irish saga. I had no clue of the British oppression of the Irish people over the centuries A historical fiction account through the eyes of various family members. It can take a bit to keep everyone straight, but a fabulous story! Book 2 is from the period of 1597 thru WW I.

    27. A wonderful read. A masterpiece really. Detailed, but not too much; it covers so much ground, that I didn't come upon one boring page, but felt the urgency to read. Images stayed with me for long after I passed the episode. I wanted the Irish so bad to succeed and delighted in their small victories. Learned so much about politics and motivations. I highly recommend the Dublin Saga (1 & 2).

    28. I really enjoyed this book. I found the pace perfectly set and the characters engaging and believable. The tragedies of the different families are so beautifully written that you're captivated by them and keenly feel their anguish. I love Rutherfurd's style of writing, I feel like I've learned so much and yet not been taught. It's brilliant.

    29. This has been a wonderful read. Edward Rutherford has become one of my favorite authors. I first read New York and am looking forward to choosing another of his works. Of course, you must read Princes of Ireland first to understand the religious and political turmoil that has been Ireland.

    30. No offence To Mr. Rutherfurd. I tried to get into it, for 10 days, but couldn't. Too much religion, too many battles. *Yawn*. I will continue to read his books. I still have Russka and The Forest to get through, and his new one. (???)

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