This is the story of the Irish "Ascendancy", the leading Anglo-Irish class/old Norman families, who fought valiantly in centuries past to make Ireland their own - only forgetting they were occasionally stepping on the feet of the Irish people along the way. This is the story of their "twilight", the setting of the sun on the "doomed aristocracy" which started for good in the 19th century. The stories about the families are varied, as was their historical and personal background. They are told with sympathy but at the same time with a very intelligent 20/20 hindsight. Once again impeccably researched by Mark Bence-Jones, which makes it a wonderful and trustworthy source for everyone interested in Irish history. Beside that, it is very well written, an "easy read" but with enough tough facts to keep the reader's mind busy. And it contains the most "colourful" black-and-white photos I have seen in a history book in a long time.