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The King of Ireland's Son

The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
By: (1881-1972)

The King of Ireland's Son is a children's novel published in Ireland in 1916 written by Padraic Colum, and illustrated by Willy Pogany. It is the story of the eldest of the King of Ireland's sons, and his adventures winning and then finding Fedelma, the Enchanter's Daughter, who after being won is kidnapped from him by the King of the Land of Mist. It is solidly based in Irish folklore, itself being originally a folktale. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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THE KING OF IRELAND'S SON

by Padraic Colum

CONTENTS:

FEDELMA, THE ENCHANTER'S DAUGHTER

WHEN THE KING OF THE CATS CAME TO KING CONNAL'S DOMINION

THE SWORD OF LIGHT AND THE UNIQUE TALE, WITH AS MUCH OF THE ADVENTURES OF GILLY OF THE GOAT SKIN AS IS GIVEN IN "THE CRANESKIN BOOK"

THE TOWN OF THE RED CASTLE

THE KING OF THE LAND OF MIST

THE HOUSE OF CROM DUV

THE SPAE WOMAN

FEDELMA, THE ENCHANTER'S DAUGHTER

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Connal was the name of the King who ruled over Ireland at that time. He had three sons, and, as the fir trees grow, some crooked and some straight, one of them grew up so wild that in the end the King and the King's Councillor had to let him have his own way in everything. This youth was the King's eldest son and his mother had died before she could be a guide to him.

Now after the King and the King's Councillor left him to his own way the youth I'm telling you about did nothing but ride and hunt all day. Well, one morning he rode abroad

His hound at his heel, His hawk on his wrist; A brave steed to carry him whither he list, And the blue sky over him,

and he rode on until he came to a turn in the road... Continue reading book >>


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