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The Irish Princess

Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
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Ireland, 1160.

Aoife MacMurchada is just 14 years old when her father Diarmit, King of Leinster, is brutally deposed, and her family is forced to flee Southern Ireland into English exile. Diarmit seeks help from King Henry II, an alliance that leads him to the charismatic Richard de Clare, lord of Striguil, a man dissatisfied with his lot and open to new horizons.

Diarmit promises Richard wealth, lands, and Aoife's hand in marriage in return for his aid, but Aoife, has her own thoughts on the matter. She may be a prize, but she is not a pawn and she will play the game to her own advantage.

From the royal halls of scheming kings, to staunch Welsh border fortresses and across storm-tossed seas to the wild green kingdoms of Ireland, The Irish Princess is a sumptuous, journey of ambition and desire, love and loss, heartbreak and survival.

©2019 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Mae
  • 18-03-2020

Full of History & Romance

A great story and beautifully narrated. Gives an good insight into what it might have been like during the reign of King Henry and the battles between the English and Irish. I loved it!

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Historical writing at its best!

Chadwick has a way of engaging her readers from the opening pages. Her research shines through and her accurate details of the time, place and setting enthrall the senses. Her characters are well developed and the pace moves along. A really enjoyable read if you love history and romance combined.

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No time for housework while reading/listening to The Irish Princess.

This was one of those rare stories that I found it very hard to stop listening to. Hence very little housework was done until I finished it. It was also beautifully narrated . This was the first book by Elizabeth Chadwick that I have read/listened to and will not be my last.

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An enjoyable medieval romp

A very enjoyable medieval fiction - I liked the characters and scene setting. I loved Aoife’s voice - very pleasant to listen to.

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Bit of a drag

Bit of a drag. Taking far too long to get into this story. I will return it. Very good narrator however.

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  • Leslie Read
  • 08-05-2020

an excellent book

I have often come across Strongbow and his daughter Isabel. but never have I heard about Aoife McMahon. it's good to read this especially as it's so well written.

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  • Noel M.
  • 14-09-2019

Excellent handling of a fascinating story

Thoroughly enjoyable . Elizabeth Chadwick on top form as a storyteller and researcher. Flawless performance by Aoife McMahon.

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  • Samantha Fenn
  • 06-06-2020

Beautiful

well written book brought to life in audio, Elizabeth's research and literary talent never ceases to amaze me x

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  • Stacy louisa Bryant
  • 08-04-2020

beautifully written

I loved this book ,I can imagine the harsh weather ,the costumes ,the lives of the characters as though I was there ,beautifully written and thoroughly researched, I really reccomend this book !

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  • Mrs. K. Sowden
  • 16-01-2020

Excellent

I really enjoyed this. A fascinating slice of Irish history. The main characters were really interesting.

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  • A s Richardson
  • 02-01-2020

Narrator poor

Very disappointed the narrator made this totally unlistenable so unable to rate the story. Such a shame as I normally enjoy E Chadwick’s book.

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  • Melissa
  • 22-10-2019

Couldn’t put it down

This was a brilliant read from beginning to end, I couldn’t put it down and was in thralled by both the story and betrayal of the characters. The narration was flawless and I felt added a richness to the story itself I even cheated and looked up the history before I was even halfway through so I could see what was in store. This is a must read for those who enjoy historical novels which portray the people living in those times in a truly humanistic way.

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  • MAD MAUD
  • 01-10-2019

I cried, particularly well written in certain area

Good story, found the heroine irritating in parts. I struggled a bit in places which is unusual for Elizabeth's books.

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  • margaret williams
  • 31-10-2019

an interesting historical fiction

I was intrigued by the concept with the novel based on fact. the story is that journey from a woman's perspective. It is nicely written and you can imagine how it felt to be there.