Ireland : Awakening, Paperback Book
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Following the critically acclaimed success of "Dublin", this riveting sequel takes the story of Ireland from the seventeenth century onwards, picking up at the Reformation, and with it, the devastating arrival of Oliver Cromwell.

Cromwell heralds the inauguration of two hundred years of Protestant dominance, throughout which many of the Irish people were impoverished and dispossessed.

Dublin is made a Protestant capital, and Catholics become an underclass.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Irish political history, this powerful saga is brought to its conclusion.

Journeying through the centuries right the way up to the twentieth century's Easter Rising and Independence, passing through turbulent milestones such as "The Year of the French", the "Famine" and "The Home Rule Movement of Parnell" along the way.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 944 pages, Illustrations maps
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099476559

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A typically absorbing Rutherfurd epic, though it's not clear why he decided to end the narrative in 1923. I learned a lot about Irish history from this and it has sparked my interest to read more. One other minor criticism: unlike most of his other works, there is no author's note saying which parts are fact, which fiction.

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