Vikings Of Ireland
The traditional view of popular history, that Ireland was repeatedly threatened by Vikings, first Norwegian and then Danish, who were nearly defeated by Brian Boru, masks a much more complex and interesting story. For instance, there were more attacks on Irish monasteries by native Irish, including monks from rival monasteries, than there were ever Viking raids. Fearsome and threatening the Vikings were; but Irish kings, including Brian Boru, were intermarried with leading Norse families, who founded almost all of Ireland's towns, and often acted with them. This complex and fascinating tale is told in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.