- Publisher: Cove Books
- Available in: Paperback, Kindle and epub
- ISBN: 978-1-9162951-1-7
Full of great insight, bringing us down under the floorboards of history. A wonderful achievement — Hugo Hamilton, author of The Speckled People
Great characterisations and evocation of the politics of the times and wonderful, expert depictions of the military aspects. — Liam Cahill, author of Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919
1691: A Novel opens in May 1691 as the decisive year of the war in Ireland is about to get underway. The armies of the English King James and his Dutch usurper King William are on the move again, resuming where they left off for the winter.
The Jacobites have been pushed westwards beyond the River Shannon following their defeat at the battle of the Boyne the previous year. But they’re far from beaten.
Through the personalities of two opposing generals, the Irish Patrick Sarsfield and the Scottish Hugh Mackay, 1691 brings to life the coming sieges and battles that shaped the future of Ireland for centuries to come.
The friendships and feuds, conspiracies and alliances, strategies and tactics are explored in a readable fictional account that’s true to the historical record.
Writing history as fiction provides new perspectives on historical figures, their motives, decisions, and actions. I believe it enhances our understanding of their dilemmas and it challenges our natural assumption that everything that happened was inevitable.
Broadens our historical understanding in a way that conventional history would struggle to do — Padraig Lenihan, author of The Last Cavalier
Stale dry history is turned into living breathing life experiences — Amazon review
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