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The history and the legends.,
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This review is from: The Story of Ireland (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this onto my new Kindle having trawled through various potentially interesting books to give them a go. Imagine yourself then if you will sat around a big roaring fire being told tales of the old Ireland and some of its peoples from the earliest of days all passed down over the years. Some will be fact and some will be a bit less so and some may be darn right tongue in cheek (almost Lord of the Rings stuff) but your eyes will be opened and you will be set off thinking and noting for future reading up on all sorts of historical and geographical matters. The history and battles you will read about just go on and on. I never faltered from soaking this book up as it advances along through the years. Written I think in a balanced way it just tells tales about groups of people that found themselves in their time in history in that part of the world. Sometimes it was their land and sometimes it was the sought land of their Kings or Queens. The English, the Scottish, the Danes the Spanish....what a mix. Surely if the green of Ireland was squeezed blood would come out. There has been so much killing, too much killing. This book is a work of immense literary skill and about a legendary Country. I found a gem of a book here. Beware though it is quite heavy going as the facts names dates and locations pour out from the pages with no distractions! I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I sincerely hope some others will too, whilst fully appreciating it will not be for all. *It should be noted that although the original book is no doubt heavily illustrated the Kindle download of the book does not include any pictures and so at the point where the book has pictures/illustrations the wording ILLUSTRATION and the name of the displayed item such as the name of a Church gate or castle is shown, one can however always access the internet and try and locate the particular subject if necessary at that point.