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Orange and Green A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick   By: (1832-1902)

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Orange and Green A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick by George Alfred Henty is a historically rich and engaging novel that brings to life the events of the Boyne Valley and the Siege of Limerick during the late 17th century. Henty's impeccable research and attention to detail make this book a compelling read for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike.

Set during the Williamite War in Ireland, the narrative follows the adventures of Ned and Desmond Sullivan, two Irish lads whose lives are transformed by the political turmoil gripping their nation. The story skillfully interweaves both sides of the conflict, providing a balanced portrayal of the tensions between the Protestant Orange and Catholic Green factions.

Henty's vivid descriptions transport readers to the battlefields, streets, and castles of Ireland, allowing them to experience the intensity and fear that defined this era. The author's ability to evoke the atmosphere and emotions of the time makes the story truly immersive. Readers will find themselves easily invested in the fate of the characters, eagerly turning the pages to discover their destinies.

One of the standout elements of the novel is the portrayal of complex characters who grapple with their loyalties, conviction, and personal growth throughout the story. Ned and Desmond's journey from innocence to maturity is beautifully depicted, as they navigate the challenges of war, friendship, and love. Henty emphasizes the importance of dialogue and understanding between the opposing sides, emphasizing the futility of hatred and violence.

The book not only sheds light on the historical events but also explores themes of unity, tolerance, and the power of empathy. Through immersive storytelling, Henty encourages readers to reflect on the consequences of bigotry and the potential for reconciliation.

While Henty's prose is articulate and engaging, some readers may find the pacing a bit slow in certain sections, particularly when the historical context takes precedence. However, the meticulous attention to historical accuracy greatly enriches the narrative, contributing to a greater understanding and appreciation of the time period.

Overall, Orange and Green captures the essence of the Williamite War in Ireland, providing an informative and engaging journey through a turbulent period in history. Henty's remarkable storytelling, well-developed characters, and historical authenticity make this book a compelling read, ultimately offering valuable insights into the complexities of religious and political conflict. Whether you are a history buff or a fan of adventure novels, Orange and Green is a worthy addition to your collection.

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A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick


G. A. Henty.


Preface. Chapter 1: A Shipwreck. Chapter 2: For James Or William. Chapter 3: The King In Ireland. Chapter 4: The Siege Of Derry. Chapter 5: The Relief Of Derry. Chapter 6: Dundalk. Chapter 7: The Coming Battle. Chapter 8: Boyne Water. Chapter 9: Pleasant Quarters. Chapter 10: A Cavalry Raid. Chapter 11: The First Siege Of Limerick. Chapter 12: Winter Quarters. Chapter 13: A Dangerous Mission. Chapter 14: Athlone. Chapter 15: A Fortunate Recognition. Chapter 16: Peace.


The subject of Ireland is one which has, for some years, been a very prominent one, and is likely, I fear, for some time yet to occupy a large share of public attention. The discontent, manifested in the troubles of recent years, has had its root in an old sense of grievance, for which there was, unhappily, only too abundant reason. The great proportion of the soil of Ireland was taken from the original owners, and handed over to Cromwell's followers, and for years the land that still remained in the hands of Irishmen was subject to the covetousness of a party of greedy intriguers, who had sufficient influence to sway the proceedings of government... Continue reading book >>

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