Lion of Ireland

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The Lion of Ireland
First edition
Author Morgan Llywelyn
Language English
Genre Historical Fiction
Publisher Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 522
ISBN 0-395-28588-7
OCLC 5496902

Lion of Ireland, by the American-Irish author Morgan Llywelyn, is a novel about the life of the Irish hero and High King Brian Boru.

The story begins with Brian as a child of around 8 or 9 and it ends with him as an 88-year-old man. The book shows his rise to power and his struggle to maintain it. His personal life is an important part of the plot, because Brian's war against Máel Mórda (leader of the Leinstermen) and Sihtric (king of Dublin) was to be inextricably connected with his complicated marital relations, in particular his marriage to Gormlaith, Máel Mórda's sister and Sihtric's mother, who had been in turn the wife of Amlaíb Cuarán, king of Dublin and York, then of Máel Sechnaill. Even though the book is based on a historical figure, most of it is fiction.

Movie adaptation[edit]

In 2003, out of business, Ireland based, RiverFilms proposed a film adaptation of the book as Braveheart and El Cid meet The Vikings.[1]


  1. ^ "Movie Proposal". O'Brien Clan Website. Archived from the original on 2010-05-16.