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This is a huge book (weighing over 1kg with a 6.4cm spine), incredibly researched with extensive citations. (Disclaimer: the author is my brother, so I know it took him around 10 years to write.) It’s a very detailed history of Ireland from the point of view of the Talbots of Malahide, starting from the Vikings and ending in the early 21st century. There are 23 chapters, plus epilogue and appendices, with a list of abbreviations in the front matter and a glossary, bibliography and index in the ...more
To be honest, I am glad I did not spend the 40 pounds when at Malahide for the book. I am glad I read it,but I wish I had closer to when we were there. It was interesting but dry in the early chapters but I think that is because it was written for a UK audience and I had to look up some stuff. The later chapters were more interesting because I knew enough of the history that I could just read and not figure out what was going on. I think there was more information about the later Talbots as ...more