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When some ninety-nine persons, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, sailed from Rathmullen County Donegal on 14 September 1607, it was destined to be probably the most momentous event in the history of the island of Ireland. Liam Swords has been a curate, a teacher, a broadcaster, a publisher, a TV producer, and has written or edited When some ninety-nine persons, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, sailed from Rathmullen County Donegal on 14 September 1607, it was destined to be probably the most momentous event in the history of the island of Ireland. Liam Swords has been a curate, a teacher, a broadcaster, a publisher, a TV producer, and has written or edited six books of homilies over the last ten years for The Columba Press. As an historian, his work has been widely acclaimed and includes In Their Own Words and A Hidden Church.


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When some ninety-nine persons, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, sailed from Rathmullen County Donegal on 14 September 1607, it was destined to be probably the most momentous event in the history of the island of Ireland. Liam Swords has been a curate, a teacher, a broadcaster, a publisher, a TV producer, and has written or edited When some ninety-nine persons, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, sailed from Rathmullen County Donegal on 14 September 1607, it was destined to be probably the most momentous event in the history of the island of Ireland. Liam Swords has been a curate, a teacher, a broadcaster, a publisher, a TV producer, and has written or edited six books of homilies over the last ten years for The Columba Press. As an historian, his work has been widely acclaimed and includes In Their Own Words and A Hidden Church.

37 review for The Flight of the Earls: A Popular History

  1. 5 out of 5

    A. Mary

    As I expected it would, this short book provided lots of detail and filled in some gaps for me. There is little in the way of narrative here, but Swords does bring many sources together and includes a great deal of data, particularly names, places, and dates. There are a few very large inserts, some of two pages, which interrupt the prose and veer away from the Flight to Catholic history and make the book struggle with its two topics. The book would have benefitted from one more copy edit to cat As I expected it would, this short book provided lots of detail and filled in some gaps for me. There is little in the way of narrative here, but Swords does bring many sources together and includes a great deal of data, particularly names, places, and dates. There are a few very large inserts, some of two pages, which interrupt the prose and veer away from the Flight to Catholic history and make the book struggle with its two topics. The book would have benefitted from one more copy edit to catch things like the amusing "[add two more]" in a list of churches and to clear up some confusing lists simply by use of the semi-colon. What's missing is much of anything in the way of interpretation, of insight. In the end, a reader gets the who, what, where, and when, but not the why. Swords doesn't make meaning, and so this isn't the story. Generally, histories are evaluations, but that is not the task Swords set for himself. He does include a few morsels, but for the most part, those morsels need a somewhat informed reader. For example, a reader who doesn't know about the sons of Mil, will not appreciate the observation that "the generally accepted view [... was] that the Irish were descendant from Spanish invaders."

  2. 5 out of 5

    SM

    I feel like the sub-heading or an additional line in the heading should make reference to the Catholic religious orders. large parts of the book were interesting but there were a lot of asides on the role and history of the Catholic Church at this time and while important I felt it dominated the book. Also there were no references whatsoever which was disappointing. The analysis of regionality in comparison to later nationalism was despite being short an interesting discussion

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eldon.shirkley

    Timely contribution to our knowledge of this important event in Irish history. The Flight of the Earls paved the way for the Plantation of Ulster with Presbyterian settlers from Scotland and we all know how that ended up. Contains a lot of interesting information on the actual route taken by the Earls.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Séamas

    Leabhar gonta spéisiúil. Bhí go leor foghlamtha agam i ndiaidh dom 109 leathanach an leabhair seo a léamh....

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