June 6th, 2007

Glenn clann pike

Great history

I have been reading Seán O'Fáolin's The Great O'Neill: A Biography of Hugh O'Neill Earl of Tyrone, 1550-1616. Hugh O'Neill led the last and greatest Irish revolt against Queen Elizabeth of England. Collapse )It has been criticized, with reason, for inaccuracies about some details. However, for its portrait of the man Hugh O'Neill I can forgive a lot. O'Neill's character--why he did what he did--is the key problem of this critical phase of Irish History.

It is a really great book. I am reading it on the bus to and from work. More than once I have been so caught up in the story that I almost missed my stop.