Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Year of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798” as Want to Read:
The Year of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Year of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  82 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Now available for the first time in trade paperback: the newly revised, definitive account of the most important event in Irish history--the rebellion of 1798.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Crown (first published 1969)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Year of Liberty, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Year of Liberty

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Simon Wood
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PEASANTS, PIKES AND PRIESTS

Thomas Pakenham is one of the finest British narrative historians of recent decades. Primarily known for his history of late nineteenth century European imperialism in Africa ("The Scramble for Africa") and his detailed account of "The Boer War", his earlier work on The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798 - "The Year of Liberty" - seems to be rather less well known. This is a great shame as in terms of the quality of the research, and the writing, it seems (to this reader a
...more
Monty Milne
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly gripping narrative history, written with admirable fair-mindedness. Pakenham makes it clear that this was a Civil War, with all the extra bitterness that this involves. It was in no way a war between "Irish Catholics" and "English soldiers". The rebellion was denounced from Catholic pulpits on the orders of the hierarchy, who stood foursquare with the Government (notwithstanding the prominent part played in the rising by some parish priests). Almost all the combatants on both sides were ...more
Gavin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Year of Liberty: The History of the Great Irish Rebellion of 1798' is the first book I have read by this author - Thomas Pakenham - and having read it I Shall bee seeking out more of his work.

As the book's title indicates, the core narrative relates to the happenings of 1798 on the island of Ireland. As someone who is regrettably ignorant of many of the finer points of Irish History and its struggle for independence, I was glad that the author included a large preface and a series of short
...more
Joe Foley
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great history book though very detailed oriented and condensed; I had to take it in small doses. The Great Rebellion of 1798 was a massive undertaking on the part of the Irish peasants who made up a majority of those who fought. The scale of insurrection was as large as it was chaotic and equally, provided quite the thorn in the side of the English gentry. Pakenham provides an unbiased account of this legendary event in modern Irish history; it is searingly honest and often times darkly satiri ...more
Karen
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a lover of Military history, hence the low score, otherwise a fairly enjoyable history book with entertaining anecdotes including one about a severed finger being used to stir a bowl of punch...
Emer Mccarthy
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Who fears to speak of 98,
who blushes at the name?
When cowards mock the patriot ' fate,
Who hangs his head with shame?'
I grew up listening to this recitation & this evocative work is one of the best works of a great historian.
Mark Singer
This is a rambling, confused, and hard-to-follow history of the '98 rebellion. The book needed better maps, and Pakenham needed a better editor.
Jordan
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely fantastic and readable. I want to start it all over again.
E. Thomas
rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2015
Leon
rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2013
Mick Maye
rated it liked it
May 17, 2011
Nick Cox
rated it it was ok
Feb 18, 2011
Seaghan Brien
rated it liked it
Oct 29, 2007
Chevy
rated it it was ok
Nov 13, 2011
Brian Halberg
rated it liked it
Feb 07, 2010
Frankie Frears
rated it liked it
Mar 12, 2016
Padraig Taaffe
rated it liked it
Mar 28, 2012
Mark A.
rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2015
Karl Øen
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2013
Paul Devine
rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2017
P.raczynski
rated it liked it
Feb 24, 2016
Ruairí Carroll
rated it it was amazing
May 24, 2013
Ruairi Martin
rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2014
Paul Hasbrouck
rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2014
David Cook
rated it really liked it
Sep 08, 2011
Brady H.
rated it it was amazing
Jun 21, 2015
Paul Daly
rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2014
Ben
rated it liked it
Mar 02, 2017
Countryjoe53
rated it really liked it
Feb 20, 2012
David Mullen
rated it it was amazing
Apr 24, 2017
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
74899
Thomas Francis Dermot Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford, is known simply as Thomas Pakenham. He is an Anglo-Irish historian and arborist who has written several prize-winning books on the diverse subjects of Victorian and post-Victorian British history and trees. He is the son of Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford, a Labour minister and human rights campaigner, and Elizabeth Longford. The well know ...more
More about Thomas Pakenham...