The Kings of Aileach and the Vikings AD 800-1060

Darren McGettigan

Paperback €22.45
Catalogue Price: €24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-836-2
January 2020. 204pp; with a 16 Page Colour Section

'The history of the Kings of Aileach and their encounters with the Vikings for more than two centuries is presented in a very readable style. It is a superb narrative, supported by extensive footnotes. The book is illustrated with several maps and a fine collection of colour photographs. The range of research is impressive and the book represents an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Viking history and its importance for our complex Norse-Irish heritage and the ultimate collapse of the Uí Néill line of High Kings of Ireland.' Sean Beattie, Donegal Annual 2020


[The Kings of Aileach and the Vikings, AD 800-1060] is far more than the apparently quite localise historical study that some might assume from its title ... McGettigan does an excellent job of setting the scene ... This introduction makes the events, the personalities involved and their significance easier to follow ... Using a wide selection of primary and secondary source, the narrative is easy to follow and important observations about the nature of Viking settlement and other viking activities in the northern territories are made ... In all, a most enjoyable read for anyone interested in the complicated history of the Uí Néill and the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries.' Archaeology Ireland, Summer 2020