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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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  • 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!

From the opening pages, Chadwick has a way of engaging her readers. Her research shines through and her accurate details of time, place and setting enthrall the senses. Her characters are well developed and the pace moves the plotline 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.
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  • Paul Dayus Cooke
  • 14-12-2020

Simply Brilliant

This is my first Elizabeth Chadwick book and will most certainly not be my last! Such an amazing piece of accurately revised historical fiction. Loved this particular narration also Aoife played her part well. Thank you :)

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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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  • Hilary
  • 24-04-2021

Great storytelling

Another enjoyable listen from Elizabeth Chadwick, I've enjoyed all her books and linking the characters from one book to the other so the story becomes clearer with each addition.
The narration was very good too with clear voices for the different characters.

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  • Flick W.
  • 27-03-2021

Beautifully read but initially difficult get into the story

An interesting book historically and tough times more than explicitly explained
However of all the Elizabeth Chadwick books I have enjoyed, this was my least favourite .

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  • ESRN
  • 18-03-2021

Excellent historical fiction

I really enjoyed this book! There were some gory parts, but the main character was relatable. The Irish setting was a nice change of pace as most historical fiction I see takes place in England or mainland Europe. The sideways view of Henry II was interesting. The main characters idolises her father, who is her main motivation. He was a bit of a horrible person but plenty of people in history have wilfully ignored the bad in their larger than life parents. It was a very interesting read and I liked it a lot, would recommend!

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  • Mrs M E Burstow
  • 30-11-2020

Excellent story

I really enjoyed the William Marshall series. This book is very much in the same tradition.

Good characters, well researched.

I knew nothing about Irish Medieval History, so to learn a little about time was fascinating.

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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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