By Edmund Curtis
Edmund Curtis's awesome survey of eire, from its earliest origins to the 20 th century, is a vintage advent to Ireland's interesting background. attaining from St Patrick's project in 432 to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922, this authoritative textual content explores the formative occasions of Ireland's prior and encompasses the Norman invasion, Gaelic restoration, Cromwell's payment, the Act of Union, and the nice Famine. Lucid and scholarly, this all-embracing account unfolds the occasions of Ireland's historical past and the tale of its humans, via an exam in their political, non secular, social, fiscal and cultural earlier. Ireland's special background is published the following throughout the 'moving forces, the determining evidence, and the boys who mattered'. that includes a chronology of key dates in Irish heritage and a suggestion to the pronunciation of Irish names, this celebrated narrative now contains a new advent via Sean Duffy.
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But for a time the strong hand was effective, and by 1150 Dermot was the admitted king of Dublin and Leinster and could play a great part in the general war of Ireland. In 1151 the High king Turloch invaded Munster to enforce the submission of O’Brien, and in the general strife MacMurrough carried off Dervorgilla, the beautiful wife of Tiernan O’Ruairc. It was by her own invitation it seems, for Dermot was a tall, handsome, and imposing man, but his offence was made no better when he soon sent her home again.
The struggle of ‘kings with opposition’ began, and though three of these kingdoms in turn produced able men nothing so promising as Brian’s monarchy emerged again. In Munster, after the death of Donnchad, a weak man, Turloch, son of Taig, and then his son Murcertach ruled till 1119. These were able and enlightened men, but their brave efforts to revive their ancestors’ greatness ended with them. They were threatened too by a revival of the Eoghanacht line, whom the Dalcassians had thrust aside, and in 1050 we read of Carthach, king of Desmond, whose race was destined to challenge the O’Brien kingship.
For all that there was little centralized authority. The High king Laeghaire, son of Niall, was slain in 463 while at war with Leinster. He was succeeded by Ailill, king of united Connacht and Meath, son of Dathi the son of Niall’s brother Fiachra. In 483 Ailill’s two cousins, Murchertach ‘Mac Erca’, grandson of Eoghan, son of Niall and head of the northern ‘Dál Cuinn’, and Luguid (Lewy), son of Laeghaire, son of Niall, united and in the battle of Ocha defeated and slew Ailill. He was then succeeded as High king by Luguid, and he again, according to their compact, by Murchertach in 509.
A History of Ireland: From the Earliest Times to 1922 by Edmund Curtis