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haynes9 
Posted: 28-Feb-2007, 01:00 AM
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I like historical fiction, but I'm really looking for non-fiction. I just wondered if there were some standard works anyone could recommend. General overviews or books that deal with specific time periods in Ireland are among what I'm looking for.

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Posted: 28-Feb-2007, 02:37 PM
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Mark, I don't know about books, but the website http://www.hoganstand.com/general/identity/index.htm has a lot of information regarding history, culture, geography, politics, roots search, etc. You might give it a try to get some background info.


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Posted: 28-Feb-2007, 06:04 PM
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"How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill has pretty much become a standard read.


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I know you said you wanted a non-fiction work, but I would HIGHLY recommend "The Princes of Ireland," by Edward Rutherford. It is mainly about historical events in the Dublin area, County Wicklow, etc. and goes up to about the mid 1500's. Rutherford has set fictional characters in the historical settings, and you learn a lot of history. There is a sequel called "The Rebels of Ireland" which I haven't read yet, but plan to soon. smile.gif
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Posted: 28-Jun-2007, 08:17 PM
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Haynes, I know this might not be what you were looking for either, but if anyone else wants to learn some Irish Fairy Tales these are the books. There are: Irish Fairy Tales and Irish Fireside Tales: Myths, Legends, Folktales

These are both edited by Leslie Conron.

These are both little books that have some amazing pictures in them. I also haven't had a chance to read them yet, but from the information on the inside flaps, they are extremely interesting, at least to me wink.gif

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I know I'm kind of late Haynes9 but I have a few books suggestions for you if you still want them.There they are:

The Celtic Realm-by Myles Dillon & Nora Chadwick
Wars of the Irish Kings-by Davis Willis McCullough
Ireland in Poetry-Charles Sullivan**beautiful beautiful book**
The Encyclopedia of Ireland-by Ciaran Brady**again great book** and finally The Celtic Quest-in art and litterature.by Jan Lahr.


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Thanks so much for the great suggestions, everyone! I really appreciate it! I plan on getting several of the titles recommended.

Have a great day! And feel free to add other titles as they come to mind.
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QUOTE (Roberto Phoenix @ 28-Feb-2007, 06:04 PM)
"How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill has pretty much become a standard read.

I love that one! This isn't "Irish" pres but The Roots of Desire: the myth, meaning, and sexual power of red hair bu Marion Roach.


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