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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122119808259 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Eyewitness to Irish History by Peter Berresford Ellis. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 312 pages. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; (2004). ISBN: 0471266337. It is easy to see why Ireland has produced so many notable storytellers, poets, and historians. It has a rich oral and written history stretching back over three thousand years. More important, it has what may be the oldest vernacular literature of Europe. The Irish have been writing eloquently in the language spoken by common people for more than fourteen hundred years, despite concerted efforts by the English, beginning with Henry VIII, to extinguish the Irish language and deny the people any formal education. A unique documentary history of Irish civilization from ancient times to the present, "Eyewitness to Irish History" draws upon original source materials to capture the tumultuous events and distinctive texture of Irish history like no other book. Comparing the readings compiled here to snapshots, the renowned Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis offers what, in essence, is a family photo album or Ireland and the Irish people - beginning with Golamh, the legendary leader of the band of Iberian Celts who settled the island more than three thousand years ago, as told in the "Lehor Gabala Erenn", or "Book of Invasions", and concluding with gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland. From the codification of the Irish laws by the poet Ollamh Fodhla in the eight century B.C. to the defeat of the Vikings by high King Brian Boiroihme in 1014 A.D., from the English Tudor conquests of the sixteenth century to the Easter Uprising of 1916 and the subsequent establishment of the Irish Free State, virtually every major event is covered here in texts ranging from ancient forsundun (praise songs) and the hero kings to newspaper accounts, public decrees, and even graffiti. At the same time you'll find vivid portraits of everyday life in Ireland throughout the centuries as chronicled in everything from Saint Patrick's confessions to heartrending accounts of the famine of 1848 to the letters, diaries, and memoirs of a vast and multifarious array of author. The story of Ireland as told through the words of those who actually lived it, "Eyewitness of Irish History" offers you an unparalleled opportunity to experience the grand sweep of one of the world's most ancient and vital civilizations. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: A unique documentary history of Irish civilization, from ancient times to the present. Offering a treasure trove of original source material: letters, diaries, reports, memoirs, and other firsthand accounts; this volume captures the tumultuous events and distinctive texture of Irish history like no other book. Arranged chronologically, the texts collected here range from Celtic myths and Saint Patrick's Confessions to memoirs from Irish political refugees in America and frontline reports on the Troubles. The book touches on all major events in Irish history-offering accounts from multiple points of view, and delivers intimate portraits of daily life across the centuries. Peter Berresford Ellis, from an old Cork family, took his degrees in Celtic Studies and was recently acclaimed as "the pre-eminent Celtic Scholar now writing". As well as his popular books on the ancient Celts, he is the author of many notable Irish histories, including "History of the Irish Working Class", "Hell or Connaught: The Cromwellian Colonization of Ireland 1652-1660", "A Dictionary of Irish Mythology", and "Erin's Blood Royal". Under his own name he was the author of a bestselling novel "The Rising of the Moon", about the Irish Republican Brotherhood's 1866 attempt to invade Canada. Under the pseudonym of Peter Tremayne, he is best known for his internationally bestselling Sister Fidelma mystery series set in seventeenth century Ireland. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the extraordinary breadth of research undertaken by Peter Beresford Ellis that he has now produced a powerful, expansive and compelling compendium of the eyewitness in Irish history. Ellis is understandably highly regarded for his skill in locating obscure yet important documents which chart Irish civilization and its many challenges over the centuries. This volume does full justice to his reputation as a prodigious researcher and judicial commentator on the great sweep of Irish history. REVIEW: This is a well-crafted, intellectually stimulating narrative of Irish culture and history from ancient times to the present struggle in Northeast Ireland. It is a good read for both the scholar and layman and an antidote to both revisionist and post-revisionist biases in academia. REVIEW: Irish historian Ellis, incorporating early oral sources, presents a documentary history of Ireland from ancient times to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. These "snapshots" of history, as he calls them, are interspersed throughout with contextual and continuity explanations. Not entirely surprisingly, the focus is on Ireland's struggle to rid itself of the colonial power of its neighbor, England. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: A unique documentary of Irish civilization from ancient times to the present. An insight into Ireland's troubled history as related by the people who actually lived it, through newspaper accounts, public decrees and even graffiti. Beginning with the Iberian Celts who settled the island more than 3000 years ago to gripping firsthand accounts by those on both sides of the bloody civil conflict in Northern Ireland. Offering original source material: letters, diaries, reports, memoirs and other first-hand accounts; this volume captures "the tumultuous events and distinctive texture of Irish history". Highly recommended! REVIEW: What an invaluable collection! Here are documents and voices from the distant and recent past, brought to life by Peter Berresford Ellis. He gently guides readers through the centuries, but allows the eyewitnesses to tell their own stories. And they are riveting. This is a great read, and compelling history! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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