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Morgan Llywelyn - Bio Morgan Llywelyn

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Born in New York City of Irish and Welsh-Irish parentage, Morgan Llywelyn is an Irish citizen who lives in Ireland year round. Her work covers a wide area of interests. She writes deeply researched mainstream historical fiction such as LION OF IRELAND, GRANIA, and THE LAST PRINCE OF IRELAND, but has also retold the great Irish myths in BARD, RED BRANCH and FINN MACCOOL. In addition, she writes a certain amount of pure fantasy. Her novel THE ELEMENTALS falls into this category, as does her work in collaboration with Michael Scott.

Many of Llywelyn's earlier books are in the process of being re-issued by Tom Doherty Associates, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10010. These include THE WIND FROM HASTINGS, LION OF IRELAND, THE HORSE GODDESS, and BARD. For further information as to when they will be available, have your favorite bookstore contact their distributors or write to Tom Doherty Associates. Llywelyn's books have sold throughout the world and are reprinted in a number of languages. The most recent foreign sales include LION OF IRELAND, THE HORSE GODDESS, and RED BRANCH - to Russia. Four of her novels are currently optioned for motions pictures. These are LION OF IRELAND, BARD, GRANIA, and THE LAST PRINCE OF IRELAND. Morgan Llywelyn is also the only woman to have walked both the breadth and length of Ireland on her personal feet. From Malin Head to Mizen Head was 427 miles, walked at the peak of the hottest Irish summer in living memory. "It meant walking over 30 miles a day for sixteen days with no break," she says. "We raised a lot of money for charity...that sort of thing is very much a part of whatever I am."

In addition to writing, Llywelyn is also Chairman of the Irish Writers' Union.

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Lion of Ireland (2002)
Latest Print (2002)
ISBN: 0-765-30257-8 Paperback
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KING, WARRIOR, LOVER
Brian Boru was stronger, braver, and wiser than all other men - the greatest king Ireland has ever known.  Out of the mists of the country's most violent age, he emerged to lead his people to the peak of their golden era.
His women were as remarkable as his adventures.  Fiona, the druidess with mystical powers.  Deirdre, beautiful victim of a Norse invader's brutal lust.  Gormlaith, six-foot, red-haired goddess of sensuality.
Set against the barbaric splendors of the tenth century, this is a story rich in truth and legend - in which friends become deadly enemies, bedrooms turn into battlefields, and dreams of glory are finally fullfilled.
Author Morgan Llywelyn recreates all the passion and greed, love and revenge of a long-ago time.

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Pride of Lion
ISBN:  0-812-53650-9 Paperback
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Get ready for another Morgan Llywelyn epic....Now, with all the fire and brilliance for which her writing is known.  Morgan Llywelyn takes us there, to the battlefield where Brian died, and to Brian's fifteen-year-old son, Donough, whose mother is the voluptuous and treacherous Gormlaith, with her lust for life and power undiminished by age: Donough, the son who is determined to make the High Kingship of Brian Boru's Ireland his own.
 

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Ned Halloran has lost both his parents--and almost his own life--to the sinking of the Titanic . Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland in Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse--who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom--inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the backdrop of World War I. It is the story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire to realize an impossible dream.

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ISBN: 0-812-57079-0 Paperback
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The Irish fight for independence is one of the most captivating tales of the twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn, the acclaimed historical writer of books like Lion of Ireland, Bard and The Horse Goddess, is the writer born to bring this epic battle to life. Having created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, she now turns to recent Irish history to create a multivolume saga: The Irish Century.

1921 tells the story of the Irish War of Independence and the heartbreaking civil war that followed. Henry Mooney, a reporter for theClare Champion and the Irish Bulletin, is a self-described "moderate nationalist" who struggles to see the truth in the news of the day, and to report it fairly. Lacking more radical Republican beliefs of his dear friends Ned Halloran and Sile Duffy, Henry reports the political--and later, bloody--actions of his fellow Irishman from the ashes of the failed 1916 Rising to the creation of the Irish Free State to the tragic and wide-ranging battles of the Irish Civil War.

Meanwhile, Henry feels the impact of these history-changing events in his own personal life. His friendship with Ned falters when their political beliefs diverge, and an unexpected tragedy leaves them further apart than ever. Henry struggles with his passion for a well-bred Protestant Anglo-Irish woman, Ella Rutledge, and as he dutifully reports the events in the political battle for independence, he comes to realize that the Irish struggle for freedom wil leave no life untouched--and no Irish citizen with a dry eye or an untroubled heart.

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"Morgan is unexcelled in her knowledge of Irish history and culture. For twenty years she has been my inspiration when it comes to meticulous research and respect for the people who lived her stories. Now, with considerable powers of description, Morgan explores the nooks and quirks and fearful consequences of a tumultuous time in Irish history."-Lucia St. Clair Robson

The struggle of the Irish people for independence is one of the epic tales of the 20th century. Morgan Llywelyn has chosen it as the subject of her major work, The Irish Century, a meticulously researched, multi-novel chronicle that began with 1916, continued in 1921 and which she now brings up to the mid-century in 1949.

This compelling book tells the story of Ursula Halloran, a fiercely independent young woman who comes of age in the 1920s. She experiences the tumult of the times in a way that brings those days vividly alive for every reader. The tragedy of Irish civil war gives way in the 1920s to a repressive Catholic state led by Eamon De Valera. Married women cannot hold jobs, divorce is illegal, and the IRA has become a band of outlaws still devoted to and fighting for a Republic that never lived. The Great Depression stalks the world and war is always on the horizon, whether in Northern Ireland, Spain, or on the European continent.

Ursula, the adopted daughter of a revolutionary, Ned Halloran, remains an idealist believing in Ireland. She works for the fledgling Irish radio service, and then for the League of Nations, while her personal life is torn between two men: an Irish civil servant and an English pilot. One is too much a gentleman and the other too much a scoundrel.

Defying Church and State, Ursula bears a child out of wedlock, though she must leave the country to do it, and nearly loses her life in the opening days of World War II. Eventually she returns to an Ireland which is steadfastly determined to remain neutral during the war; an Ireland shaken by the great duel between de Valera and Winston Churchill. As always with Ireland, politics and passion go hand in hand.

1949 is the story of one strong woman who lives through the progress of Ireland from a broken land to the beginnings of a modern independent state.

1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution (Irish Century)
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The Irish Century series is the story of the Irish people's epic struggle for independence through the tumultuous course of the 20th century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, which was followed by 1921 and 1949. It now continues with 1972, which covers the events and social changes of the mid-century in Ireland through the story of the coming-of-age of Barry Halloran, son of Ursula Halloran (the heroine of 1949). Barry moves from patriotic involvement in the IRA, to an aversion to explosives and guns and a career as a photographer, to a final moment of radicalization in the face of the horrifying injustices in Northern Ireland that crystalized on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.
A chronicle of life in Ireland between 1950 and 1972, through Barry's journey the novel gives a clear understanding of social changes, pressure points, and vivid moments of historical importance. Clear parallels are drawn to the American civil rights movements of the 1960s, which in part motivated the patriotic and oppressed Irish Catholics. At the same time, there is the continuation of the family saga that links all the volumes of this series, and a passionate romance for Barry. Morgan Llywelyn is at her storytelling best in 1972.


1999: A Novel of the CelticTiger and the Search for Peace (The Irish Century)
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The Irish Century series is the story of the Irish people’s epic struggle for independence through the tumultuous course of the twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn’s magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, which was followed by 1921, 1949, and 1972. It now concludes with 1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace. 1999 brings the story from 1972 to the disarmament talks and beginnings of reconciliation among the Irish at the end of the twentieth century.

Barry Halloran, strong, clever, and passionately patriotic, who was the central character of 1972, remains central. Now a crippled photojournalist, he marries his beloved Barbara Kavanaugh, and steps back from the armed struggle. Through his work he documents the historic events that take us from the horrific aftermath of Bloody Sunday through the decades


 

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This is the tale of the coming of the Irish to Ireland, and of the men and women who made that emerald isle their own.

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ISBN: 0-804-10844-7 Paperback
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An exciting reimagining of the ancient Celts, young Ainvar is an orphan taken by the chief druid of the Carnutes in Gaul. Ainvar's talents would lead him to master the druid mysteries of thought, healing, and magic. And with his friend the warrior king, they would attempt to rally the splintered Celtic tribes against the encroaching might of Rome....

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Morgan Llywelyn, internationally acclaimed author of 1916 and Lion of Ireland, returns with a powerful fantasy saga that sweeps from the dawn of history to our own near future. It is the story of Earth and her elements, and of the men and women whose fate lies in her hands. . . .

Water. The ice caps melt, the seas rise, and Kesair, a woman of Atlantis, leads a handful of survivors on a desperate search for land – and a new beginning.

Fire. All the world centers around the empire of Crete, where Meriones, a humble musician, performs before the mighty in their palaces. Until the land shakes, the volcano speaks with a voice of fire, and Meriones finds his life changed forever.

Earth. Old beyond imagining, the Earth knows neither hate nor pity. And from Annie Murphy, a strong-willed New England housewife, it demands a sacrifice both unexpected and irrevocable.

Air. The ozone dwindles, and the forests dies, a new plague walks the world. And on a day just after tomorrow, thousands of years after Kesair’s struggle, another small party of survivors, led by George Burningfeather, comes together on a desolate Indian reservation. As the ice melts and the sea rises once more, they fight one last battle for the Earth – for mankind and hope.

The Elementals is the epic, ongoing tale of humanity’s turbulent relationship with the Earth – as only Morgan Llywelyn could tell it.

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ISBN: 0-812-54461-7 Paperback
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One thousand years ago, during the Viking Age, an extraordinary young man was born in Ireland. His people, plagued by warfare, were weary not only from the Vikings' brutal raids along the coast, but also from the continuous warring among local chieftains. The Irish had become a drowntrodden race.

But a real-life hero changed the destiny of Ireland. This is the story of Brian Boru, who as a young man took it upon himself to revolutionize tenth-century Ireland, striving to create a peaceful land where his fellow Irish men and women cold be safe from harm. And succeed he did. Brian, crowned High King, restored peace and fostered prosperity in the country that was his home--and his heart. Brian Boru: Emperor of the Irish is a beautiful and compelling true story of Irish history.

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In the early days of the Roman Empire, the noble Etruscan civilization in Italy is waning, Vesi, a young Etruscan noblewoman, is violated by a renegade supernatural being. Outcast then from Etruria, Vesi bears Horatrim, a child who carries inexplicable knowledge and grows to manhood in only six years. But a savage Roman attack leaves Vesi unresponsive and Horatrim homeless and vulnerable, and he travels to Rome where his talents confound powerful businessman Propertius, who arranges to adopt Horatrim as a son, changing his name to Horatius.

And all the while his demon father is seeking him to kill him, for Horatius is a conduit through which the demon might be found and destroyed.

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Somewhere in the shadowy borderland between myth and history lies the territory of Finn Mac Cool. Mightiest of the Irish heroes, leader of the invincible army of Fianna, he was a man of many faces: warrior, poet, lover, creator, and destroyer. Finn Mac Cool is a man taken from one of the lowest classes of Irish society, driven by ambition and strength to rise above his birth and bring new respect and status to his people.

He had it all and lost it all, but in the end he gained immortality. Finn Mac Cool is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and awesome adventure.

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ISBN: 0-765-30838-X  Paperback
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Here is an extraordinary novel about real-life Irish chieftain Grace O Malley. From Morgan Llywelyn, bestselling author of Lion of Ireland and the Irish Century novels, comes the story of a magnificent, sixteenth-century heroine whose spirit and passion are the spirit and passion of Ireland itself.

Grania (Gaelic for Grace) is no ordinary female. And she lives in extraordinary times. For even as Grania rises as her clan's unofficial head and breadwinner and learns to love a man, she enters a lifelong struggle against the English forces of Queen Elizabeth -- her nemesis and alter ego.

Elizabeth intends to destroy Grania's piracy and shipping empire--and so subjugate Ireland once and for all. But Grania, aided by Tigernan, her faithful (and secretly adoring) lieutenant, has no choice but to fight back. The story of her life is the story of Ireland's fight for solidarity and survival--but it's also the story of Grania's growing ability to love and be strong at the same time.

Morgan Llywelyn has written a rich, historically accurate, and passionate novel of divided Ireland -- and of one brave woman who is Ireland herself.

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ISBN: 0-812-55503-1 Paperback
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Troy is in crumbling ruin and Athens is rising far to the south. It is a time when mortal men and women are becoming gods and goddesses as news of their extraordinary adventures sweeps across the land. In this world, Epona, a woman whose life is celebrated in legend, meets Kazhak, a Scythian warrior and prince. Their stormy love affair sends them sweeping across eighth-century Europe, pursued from the Alps to the Ukraine by Kernunnos--a mysterious Druid priest known as the "Shapechanger."


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Is magic an illusion for Connla, or is the illusion those beings that magic has crafted?
The mighty Connla is weary from the tiresome and bloody battle fought in the name of his father, Conn, and his land, Erin. Willingly, he lets himself become intoxicated by the surreal beauty of a fairy-woman who offers to take him to a far away, forbidden land where all his desires will be fulfilled. He welcomes the opportunity to be away from the gruesome war that has consumed his life for so long, but what price will the warrior pay to be in a land void of death, loss and pain? Does the pleasure of company of the stunning stranger outweigh the price he must pay to remain in THE ISLES OF THE BLEST?

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The history of Ireland is studded with tragedies, but none is more poignant, or more decisive, that the battle of Kinsale. There the Gaelic nobility who held sway over Ireland for two thousand years were finally and resolutely crushed by the English invaders. There would follow four hundred years of English domination.

The Last Prince is Donal Cam O'Sullivan, still determined after the battle not to surrender his homeland. He flees with his clan toward an inland stronghold, as the Gaelic nation is ripped apart not only by war but by the seed of betrayal planted by the English, whose powerful bribes turn brother against brother. The awesome saga of Donal Cam and his clan's winter journey is a powerful vision of honor and betrayal, pride and desperation. Morgan Llywelyn captures the heart of the Irish struggle to survive.

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"Powerful . . . A lusty, poetic and legendary world based on Ireland's mythical warrior-hero Cuchulain." The New York Times Book Review
In a land ruled by war and love and strange enchantments, Cuchulain -- torn between gentleness and violence, haunted by the croakings of a sinister raven -- fights for his honor and his homeland and discovers too late the trap that the gods have set for him in the fatal beauty of Deirdre and the brutal jealousy of King Conor.

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"[Llywelyn's] subject matter is varied, including vampires, a sentient tree, traditional and untraditional ghosts, murder, disembodied talking heads, an examination of the commercial value of fairies, tales of Arthurian legend with unusual twists, immortality, and a man who really gets into his art . . . most are rewarding and I was particularly impressed by the story of a boy who pretends that a glass egg actually contains the dinosaur, and eventually discovers that pretense has become reality. I believe this collection is original to Wildside, so you won't find it elsewhere, and you really do want to find it." -- Don D'Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle

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Edyth, wife of King Harold of England, disappeared forever on the day of the great Battle of Hastings in 1066, taking with her the legitimate heirs to the thrones of England and Wales. This is the story of that amazing woman, who loved and married the King of Wales and then the man who would be King of England, only to witness his historic defeat by the light of Halley's Comet.

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Ireland: A Graphic History
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Granuaile: The Pirate Queen
Cold Places (Dark Shadows)
19 Railway Street
100 Essential Books for Irish-American Readers (ISBN: 0-806-51957-6) Hardcover
Xerxes
O'Sullivan's March
On Raven's Wing

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