| From: Tammy Ridgway <[log in to unmask]>
| I'd like to ask about another subject. I read a book several
| years ago about Brian Boru. On the jacket of this book, Brian Boru
| was hailed as the "King Arthur of Ireland." In the introduction,
| the author went on about the information she didn't know and how
| she had filled in the gaps. Since then I've tried to learn more
| about Brian Boru, but I've found nothing. Could someone tell me
| about him? Is he a myth, or was he a man, or was the writer
| pulling the wool over readers' eyes? Thanks ahead of time.
A more prepared reader will undoubtedly tell you more. His real name
was more like "Bri/an Boroimhe" (though that's probably wrong), and he
led a united front of Gaels and Gaelic-Vikings in Ireland against the
threat of further Viking prominence in Ireland, his victory marking the
end of large Norse prescence and political power in Ireland. So in that
way one might compare him (a real historical person) to (semi-historical)
Arthur's Celtic victory against the Teutonic invaders [pity it was so
transient]. I believe Brian lived in the 11th century or thereabouts.
There are various interpretations of the whole affair, and the
"meaning" of it. You might look in "Milestones in Irish History", or
"Ireland before the Normans", or "Medieval Ireland" for more info.
However, be aware that the famous "Brian Boru" harp in Dublin is
actually several centuries younger than him!