Fitzgeralds And Butlers

The greatest of the feudal families ? the so-called Normans - who came to Ireland in the wake of Strongbow and King Henry II, the rival Fitzgeralds and Butlers built up their power as representatives of the English kings. The Fitzgeralds, in particular, intermarried with the ancient princely families of Ireland, and the head of the family, the mighty Earl of Kildare, lived much of the time like a great Irish prince himself. The story of these families, their disputes and their bids for power is told in two chapters of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga: 'The Pale', and 'Silken Thomas'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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