The Irish Princess
Aoife MacMurchada is just 14 years old when her father Diarmit, King of Leinster, is brutally deposed, and her family is forced to flee Southern Ireland into English exile. Diarmit seeks help from King Henry II, an alliance that leads him to the charismatic Richard de Clare, lord of Striguil, a man dissatisfied with his lot and open to new horizons.
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It is the minute detail that Ms Chadwick so excels in that brings the story and her characters to life, and not just the detail of the meticulous rese ...more
A fabulous tour-de-force of a historical novel. If you enjoy the likes of Phillipa Gregory, follow this author immediately.
The rich setting, amazing writing, vivid characters. I REALLY loved this book, and I will be talking about it more on my own blog later in the month. Historical fiction gives us a chance to glimpse a possible, but that possible seems very real and very tangible in th ...more
The setting of Ireland for much of the book provides a new arena for readers of ...more
Diarmit promises Richard wealth, lands, and Aoife's hand in marriage in return for his aid, but Aoife, has her own thoughts on the matter. She ma ...more
I had high expectations of this book, the Irish setting from 1160 onwards really appealed to me. However while I did enjoy the book it didn't really deliver the exciting story I expected.
The main character, Aoife, pulsates with energy, shows a dogged determination to be on top, and she cunningly plots how to use every situation to her advantage. Her wild spirit shone through the pages. The constant war between all the Irish chieftains made for a very uncertain political landscape, and t ...more
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Sometimes I just want to immerse myself in times past, and Elizabeth Chadwick is one of my “go to” authors. She can make me feel as if I'm there with the characters, living life like an unseen part of the cast.
I know only what I've read in fiction of this period in UK history. I hated history at school, shame it wasn't taught this way, I'd ha ...more
All the components of Chadwick's writing that I love were on offer here: women's roles in the nobility of the Middle Ages, daily life details that make you feel like you're right there, historical information woven through so it's not a lesson but we learn ...more
Richard de Clare had fought for King Stephen so was not welcomed to court by the new king. He kept his earldom but was stripped of Pembroke Castle.
Feeling like he needed a chance to prove himself he was given an opportunity to venture to Ireland where the kings of Ireland were fighting each other.
The King of Lenister, Diarmait MacMurchada recently exiled makes a deal with de Clare. If he comes to Ireland a ...more
I have to say that this book left me wanting from the beginning. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was definitely more needed. More depth for the characters. More build to the plot. I just needed more.
I’m sorry that I didn’t like it and clearly in the minority. But I won’t be seeking out this author again for a while.
I've always fou ...more
It took me 20 days to finish this book. Several times I contemplated not finishing it, but I hate not finishing a book. Firstly, the characters didn’t really interest me. Richard and Aoife were only concerned with themselves and as far as I can tell ...more
This book hooked me almost from page one when Aoife was born. The way her father came t ...more
I find it most enjoyable that there are many historical details that are supported by history researchers, but there is a plausible story pulling it a ...more
Over the years I have often been in, what at times could be robust, discussions with Irish folk. I mean, so many of them blame us English for Strongbow's invasion but, honestly, there were no English involved and, unlike the I ...more