Brian Boru

Brian, son of Kennedy, known as Boruma or Boru, ancestor of the family of O'Brien, was the great Irish king of the Dal Cais dynasty who at the end of the tenth century took the High Kingship of Ireland, and nearly managed to unite the whole island into a lasting kingdom. The story of Brian, his subtle politics, broad vision, and the complex relationship with the Viking Norsemen both in Ireland and across their wide empire on the northern seas, is recounted in the 'Brian Boru' chapter of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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