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Brian Boru: Ireland's Greatest King?

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Title: Brian Boru: Ireland's Greatest King?
Author: Maire Ni Mhaonaigh
ISBN: 9780752429212
Publisher: Tempus
Published: 2006
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.

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Publisher Description:
The first-ever biography of the most famous of Ireland's High Kings. Brian Boru king of Munster, was among the most successful of all medieval Irish monarchs. Succeeding to the kingship of Dal Cais on the death of his brother Mathgamain in 976, he managed in the course of his long reign, by a combination of military skill and political astuteness, to enforce his authority over much of the country. In so doing, he became the first ruler outside the Ui Neill to make a bid for the overlordship of Ireland, thereby indicating that the high kingship was in fact a prize to be won by the most powerful claimant. Brian fought Vikings, subdued other Irish kingdoms too, but was finally slain at the battle of Clontarf in 1014. His power largely died with him. Nevertheless, his descendents continued for generations to bask in his glory. How and why Brian acquired the legendary reputation he did in the thousand or so years following his death is the first step in understanding one of Ireland's great heroes, allowing us to come closer to the historical Brian.