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Blackcock's Feather

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Ireland 1590: He pledged his sword against the English invaders.
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Published 1956 by W. & R. Chambers, LTD. (first published January 1st 1932)
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Tweety
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys a Scott/Irish tale
Blackcock's Feather is about a man who overtook an garrison and went off with twenty fiery haired maidens and bloodily killed solders to get them or so the story goes. Blackcock's Feather is a man with a hatchet face, sullen look and sword at the ready. But beneath that legend lies a men who's gentleness belies his looks, who doesn't strike to kill and who didn't run off with any maiden for himself. A man, who must choose whether to follow his father's steps in apposing Queen Elizabeth's encroac ...more
Elizabeth LaPrelle
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Totally classic "Cloak and dagger" romance. Romance in the Ivanhoe sense rather than the nipples-on-the-cover sense. Chivalry warning! If you need your lady characters to kick ass, read another book. I personally loved it. I am so into the setting, the kinda high style, and the language, which is sometimes very lovely. It has a really well-drawn "classic adventure" plot that reaches beyond predictable to the feeling of inevitable, which for me is a mark of REALLY good story. Sigh. Braveheart wis ...more
Mark
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a David Gordon, born of an Irish mother and a Scottish father. It starts with him setting sail from Bristol for Ireland in the early days of the Nine Years' War, soon after the Battle of Clontibret in 1595. The story takes David up to Ulster, where he meets family, gets involved in battles and raids as well as romance. The characters in the story are memorable and I enjoyed the book greatly.

Liam
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
read this first when i was 12 years old and loved it ,my grandfather told me he came from near us and that he knew him ,and all before him ,so i was more interested and over the years maurice walsh has given me many hours of pleasure
Cathy
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Did this book at school and I loved it. Still read it about once a year.
Barry
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historical story of the Irish quest for freedom from England. David Gordon had always followed after his father until the old man's death. He decided to follow the path set out by his father. His father, a Scot, had met and run away with his Irish Mother. David planned to rejoin the clan he had never met. His homecoming was joyous and the story quite adventurous. Action, Adventure and Romance all tossed together to make a great book.
Brian Meehan
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Still a classic
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Maurice Walsh was an Irish novelist best known for the short story "The Quiet Man" which was later made into an Oscar-winning movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Walsh was born in 1879 in Ballydonoghue near Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He was one of Ireland's best-selling authors in the 1930s.