The Story of Ireland
In this companion volume to a BBC television series, Hegarty presents a panoramic view of Irish history that sweeps from 433 AD to the Queen of England’s visit in 2011. Its premise is a challenging one: that Ireland has ever been an international island, influencing and being influenced by the wider world with which it traded, invaded, and influenced throughout the centuries of western civilization. Far from being an isolated island, within its porousness, even as events turned tortured and tragic, lies its greatness.
Illustrated with historical art and a series of maps, Hegarty’s fresh perspective goes beyond dates, heroes and battles to explain how a 19th-century painting influences the view of a 12th-century event, and how Ireland became a champion of the rights of small nations in the U.N. Threaded throughout the narrative is the spirit of the Irish tradition of meitheal: the acknowledgement of interdependence.