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Strongbow: The Story of Richard and Aoife

Strongbow: The Story of Richard and Aoife [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Llywelyn
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'This is an ambitious and wholly successful recreation of the life and times of Strongbow, daringly presented in alternate chapters as the narratives of the hero himself and of Aoife, destined to become his wife.' (Children's Books in Ireland)

'... the Norman knight, Richard de Clare, and his wife-to-be, Aoife, tell their stories in alternative chapters. The device works well, the incredibly complex history of the period is made comprehensible and the reader is spellbound ...' (Irish Times)

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The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair - wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the greatest of the Norman knights to come to Ireland. A clash of cultures and a vivid story of one of the Greats of Irish history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (29 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862782740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862782740
  • ASIN: B0095XKGYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongbow 2 Nov 2000
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This book makes you relive the ages when the Normans had control over Ireland. It tells the story of Richard De Clare and Aoife MccMurrrough from their childhood to their dying moments. As you read about the epic battles in a struggle for power, learn how things were done back then and share the chapters as Aoife and Richard tell you about their hard times, this book will leave your face amongst the page and you hands gripped on the pages until the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who was Strongbow? 12 Sep 2001
Who was Strongbow? I had often wondered since seeing the magnificent painting "The wedding of Strongbow and Aoife" at the National Gallery in Dublin. I knew his name was Richard de Clare, the Earl of Pembroke and a Norman knight, I knew when he landed in Ireland and at whose invitation - but little else. I certainly did not know the story of Aoife.
I had already read Llywelyn's Lion of Ireland (the story of Brian Boru) which is excellent. Despite this being a children's book I had to read it, and compulsive reading it is too.
It is told in a biographical form alternating between accounts from Aoife and Strongbow. It works very well, you really get a feeling for their personalities. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that it is a historical novel and not a history.
I loved it. I will be seeking further information on the subject and persuading my kids to read this book too. I have also invested in a copy of her children's book Boru - hope it is as good.
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