By A. M. Sullivan
From the Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)
How Ireland fared under the Milesian dynasty
The death of King Conor Mac Nessa
The "Golden Age" of Pre-Christian Erinn
How Ireland received the Christian faith
A retrospective glance at pagan Ireland
The Danes in Ireland
How a dark thunder-cloud gathered over Ireland
The glorious day of Clontarf
The treason of Diarmid M'Murrogh
How the Norman adventurers got a foothold on Irish soil
How the Anglo-Norman colony fared
How the Anglo-Irish lords learned to prefer Irish manners, laws, and language, and were becoming "more Irish than the Irish themselves"—How the king in London took measures to arrest that dreaded evil
"Those Geraldines! those Geraldines!"
The rebellion of Silken Thomas
How Lord Deputy Perrot planned a right cunning expedition, and stole away the youthful prince of Tyrconnell—How, in the dungeons of Dublin Castle, the boy chief learned his duty toward England; and how he at length escaped and commenced discharging that duty
How the reconstructed Irish nation was overborne—How the two Hughs "fought back to back" against their overwhelming foes—How the "Spanish aid" ruined the Irish cause The disastrous battle of Kinsale
The last days of Dunboy a tale of heroism
How the fall of Dunboy caused King Philip to change all his plans, and recall the expedition for Ireland; and how the reverse broke the brave heart of Red Hugh—How the "Lion of the North" stood at bay, and made his foes tremble to the last
A memorable epoch—How Milesian Ireland finally disappeared from history; and how a new Ireland, Ireland in exile, appeared for the first time—How "plantations" of foreigners were designed for the "colonization" of Ireland, and the extirpation of the native race
How King Charles opened negotiations with the Confederate Council—How the Anglo-Irish party would "have peace at any price," and the "native Irish" party stood out for peace with honor—How Pope Innocent the Tenth sent an envoy, "not empty-handed," to aid the Irish cause
How the king disavowed the treaty, and the Irish repudiated it—How the council by a worse blunder clasped hands with a sacrilegious murderer, and incurred excommunication—How at length the royalists and confederates concluded an honorable peace
The agony of a nation
How King James the Second, by arbitrarily asserting liberty of conscience, utterly violated the will of the English nation—How the English agreed, confederated, combined, and conspired to depose the king, and beat up for "foreign emissaries" to come and begin the rebellion for them
"Before the battle"
The battle of the Boyne
How William procured a new siege train and breached the wall—How the women of Limerick won their fame in Irish history—How the breach was stormed and the mine sprung—How William fled from "unconquered Limerick"
"The penal times"—How "Protestant ascendancy" by a bloody penal code endeavored to brutify the mind, destroy the intellect, and deform the physical and moral features of the subject Catholics
The Irish army in exile—How Sarsfield fell on Landen Plain—How the regiments of Burke and O'Mahoney saved Cremona, fighting in "muskets and shirts"—The glorious victory of Fontenoy!—How the Irish exiles, faithful to the end, shared the last gallant effort of Prince Charles Edward
Ireland after the Union—The story of Robert Emmet
How some Irishmen took to "the politics of despair"—How England's revolutionary teachings "came home to roost"—How General John O'Neill gave Colonel Booker a touch of Fontenoy at Ridgeway
The visions at Knock—The Land League proclaimed—Arrest of the leaders—The "No rent" manifesto—The Arrears Act—The Phoenix Park tragedy—Shooting of James Carey and trial of O'Donnell—The National League
"Parnellism and Crime"—The Home Rule Bill
From a sad, comfortless childhood Giles Truelove developed into a reclusive and uncommunicative man whose sole passion was books. For so long they were the only meaning to his existence. But when fate eventually intervened to have the outside world intrude upon his life, he began to discover emotions that he never knew he had.
A story for the genuine booklover, penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St. John Featherstonehaugh.
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