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The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey Through Truth, Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A bestselling chronicler of the sea turns to a trio of his own ancestors to see what memory and the selective plundering of history has made of the truth in Northern Ireland.

The name “Lundy” is synonymous with traitor in Ulster. Derek Lundy’s first ancestral subject was the Protestant governor of Derry in 1688, just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Knopf Canada (first published 2006)
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Richard O'Brien
Derek Lundy uses the lives of three of his ancestors: Robert Lundy, William Steel Dickson and Billy Lundy to examine the history and progression of Northern Ireland.

"In Ulster the name ‘Lundy’ is synonymous with ‘traitor’. Robert Lundy was the Protestant governor of Londonderry in 1688, just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of James II.
Robert Lundy ordered the city’s capitulation. Crying ‘No Surrender’, hardline Protestants prevented it and drove him away in disgrace.
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Andrew Mcneill
Oct 31, 2012 Andrew Mcneill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and helpful book which explains very clearly the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It tracks the authors three ancestors who were Ulstermen and explains their role in the history of the province and the historical background of each.
Carey
Feb 28, 2008 Carey rated it really liked it
I picked up this one as I'm intimately familiar with the yearly Lundy effigy in Derry. This book is accessible and amusing and is my new "so you want know what it is they are/were fighting about in Northern Ireland, then read this" book.
Kathleen McRae
enjoyable read with a good view of Irelands troubles
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