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e-Book Diarmait King of Leinster download

by Nicholas Furlong

ISBN: 1856355055
ISBN13: 978-1856355056
Language: English
Publisher: Mercier Press (December 31, 2006)
Pages: 192
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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Diarmait: King of Leinster. Nicholas Furlong has also written for the stage, his plays including: Insurrection '98, The Lunatic Fringe, Purple and Gold, and Storm the Bastille which was produced by Harry Ringwood and first performed in Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, in July 1989. Cork: Mercier Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-85635-505-6. Tralee, Co. Kerry: Anvil Books, 1973. Young Farmer Seeks Wife". Dublin: Merlin Mercier, 2002.

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Diarmait Mac Murchada was a king through misadventure. Owing to a series of fatal family mishaps he was elected to power in 1126 at sixteen.

Furlong's Diarmait King of Leinster is a subtle, compassionate yet realistic examination of the man behind the myth. About the AuthorNicholas Furlong was born in Wexford town. For many years he wrote a satirical column for the People Group under the pen name 'Pat O'Leary'

Furlong's Diarmait King of Leinster is a subtle, compassionate yet realistic examination of the man behind the myth. For many years he wrote a satirical column for the People Group under the pen name 'Pat O'Leary'. He was press officer for the Wexford Opera Festival between 1969 and 1982 and worked as a features broadcaster on South East Radio. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

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Nicholas Furlong – historian, novelist, journalist, lecturer – has become synonymous in his native Ireland and .

Nicholas Furlong – historian, novelist, journalist, lecturer – has become synonymous in his native Ireland and wherever English is spoken with a dramatic narrative sweep of history as first pursued by Herodotus, achieved in his many books by means of digression.

This is the story of Diarmait, King of Leinster, one of the foremost kings . Nicholas Furlong is a journalist, historian and author from County Wexford.

This is the story of Diarmait, King of Leinster, one of the foremost kings of Ireland, and a key figure in Irish history. Nicholas Furlong has also written for the stage, his plays including: Insurrection ’98, The Lunatic Fringe, Purple and Gold, and Storm the Bastille which was produced by Harry Ringwood and first performed in Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, in July 1989. References & footnotes. a b c d e f Furlong, Fr John Murphy of Boolavogue 1753–1798, p. vii. ^ a b "Nicholas Furlong's Profile".

Diarmait Mac Murchada was a king through misadventure. Owing to a series of fatal family mishaps he was elected to power in 1126 at sixteen. He ruled through a turbulent period and became one of the most dominant figures in Irish history. Furlong presents a thorough account of Diarmait's life and examines his actions and decisions not only in the context of his questionable personal traits and character but also expanding the analysis to reflect on his effect on the political turbulence of the time. At one stage of his influential life, ousted as King of Leinster, he invited King Henry II of England to assist him in regaining the throne. The subsequent invasion marked the beginning of eight centuries of English dominance. After his death he was damned as a traitor and a blackguard. He is recorded as having two wives at the same time, raping an abbess, the abduction of Dervorgilla, the wife of his bitter rival, and the mutilation and killing of rivals. Furlong's Diarmait King of Leinster is a subtle, compassionate yet realistic examination of the man behind the myth.
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Diarmait MacMurchada (Anglicised as Dermot MacMurrough) is infamous in Irish history for having encouraged the Norman invasion of 1168-1170. Nicholas Furlong's book is a serious attempt to rehabilitate him. Furlong admits in his introduction that he is not a historian but the extensive list of sources at the end of each fascinating chapter makes clear how diligent has been the extensive research that lies behind this highly readable book. Actually, its readability is slightly compromised by the huge number of celtic names of places and people; names that are unpronounceable and place names that in the vast majority of cases are difficult for the outsider to identify with the modern geography of Ireland. That does not detract from the story of political intrigue and internecine warfare.
Furlong's biography sets the events of Diarmait's life in the context of Ireland and the rest of Europe of the time. Whilst the "royal" families of Ireland are constantly jockeying for position, raiding each other's territory, the Normans from their base in Anjou are conquering vast tracts of Southern and Western Europe. Meanwhile the leaders of the Church in Rome are becoming increasingly concerned about the deviant nature of Irish Church practices, especially its tolerance for the Brehon tradition of polygamy.
The Welsh are casuing problems for the Normans at the Western extremity of their territory and various Norman Knights are given the task of keeping them in check. Some of these make the mistake of supporting King Stephen in a dispute with the future King Henry II and are dispossessed when the latter succeeds.
There is regular trade between Ireland and Wales and men like Diarmait form friendships with some of these rebel knights. So when, near the end of his life, Diarmait is ousted from land he regards as rightfully his he turns to them for help. Henry reluctantly grants permission, believing that here is an opportunity to bring the monasteries into line with Rome's demands.
Needless to say, the plots and counter-plots go horribly wrong and the Normans carve up Ireland for themselves.
Furlong paints the Irish Kings as brutal men constantly at war whose atrocities can match anything dreamed up by the Taliban. Blinding is a particularly nasty form of punishment inflicted willy-nilly upon any young man who looks capable of challenging for leadership. In a world where brother fights brother and sons fight fathers, Diarmait is depicted by Furlong as one of the few who remains loyal not only to his own family but also to the family with whom he gre up as a foster son. But even Diarmait shares the prevalent attitude that a promise made as part of a peace settlement has no value. You offer whatever is necessary - even the hand of your daughter in marriage - with no intention of keeping your word when the time for payment falls due.
The Celtic Irish, in this account, are seen as brutal and duplicitous. But the Normans are no better, equally prone to change sides at the appearance of a better offer.
Anyone with an interest in our shared history ought to read this book. Furlong does not say so but I have read from reliable sources elsewhere that Diarmits's grand-daughter Isabel can be shown to be the ancestor of most English queens from the 14th Century to the present day. It follows that Diarmait also is the ancestor of the British Royal Family. As Michael Cain might say, "not a lot of people know that"!

SkroN
As a genealogist and historian I found it very informative . Diarmait was a thirty first great grandfather of mine through his daughter Aoif (Eva) to Richard DeClare (Strongbow) on Aug. 28 , 1170 He indeed was as violent man . Nicky Furlong's research was exhaustive but one source of his and most writers on Irish History are the " Four Masters " who are biased in their writings and most apparent is the dating they give to early Monarch's . THE Four Master's list the Mlesian invasion around 1699 BC . They list most of the rulers in subsequent order when in fact very often there were two or three claiming the Monarchy at the same time . The actual Milesian invasion took place some time after 586 BC . The explanation of Brehon Laws was especially informative .

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