Emperor of the Irish
Winner of Bisto Merit Award 1991
O’Brien Press 2008
Written in English
Brian Ború grew up in an Ireland torn by wars – chieftain against chieftain, tribe against tribe – and devastated by the Vikings.
As a boy, Brian wanted to be a mighty warrior, and when his family were massacred by the Vikings, his only aim was to defeat these enemies forever.
But Brian was not just a fearless fighter, he was a clever, educated man. He learned the ways of his enemies and overcame opposition, prejudice and treachery to become High King of Ireland. And in the famous Battle of Clontarf in 1014 Brian Boru finally conquered the Vikings. It was his last act.