Historical Novels The Red Branch Tales

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The Red Branch Tales

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Randy Lee Eickhoff continues his translation of the Ulster Cycle, often referred to as the Red Branch Cycle, the large corpus of work that is primarily responsible for establishing the cultural identity of today's Ireland.

In this collection of Ireland's famous myths, Eickhoff once again proves his mastery of translation and his ability to give these classic tales new life. Here he presents more than twenty stories that reveal ancient Irish culture as it's seldom been seen before.
All of the characters of Irish myth receive new life and are presented in vibrant and unique ways. In addition, by providing introductions to the tales, Eickhoff gives insight into the legends that formed the identity of a people.

In the pre-Christian era, when warriors fought from chariots, Druids provided the mystical answers to the universe, and men and women believed strongly in magic, these stories begin. Prepare to enter Randy Lee Eickhoff's Ireland.

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Praise for Randy Lee Eickhoff's The Ulster Cycle

"A national epic of stature, the memorability of The Iliad and The Odyssey."-Robert Fagles, author of the definitive translation of The Iliad

"An informal translation of the Irish classic Togail Bruidne Dá Derga, now with extra detail, sexual nuances, and booming voices, sometimes told in bawdy dialogue. Prose passages are often given wings by alternating with Eickhoff's rhymed, clear-spoken modern verse. Sprawling and wonderful."-Kirkus Reviews

"The Raid is one of the world's great adventure tales. Rollicking, bawdy, sometimes hilarious, ultimately both tragic and glorious, the tale is of epic proportions yet never loses the human dimension. In retelling Ireland's premier myth, Eickhoff has been true to the land and the people. His translations are excellent, but of equal merit is the clarification that he brings to an intensely layered, often obscure story. This book is a joy and belongs in the library of everybody who loves Ireland."-Morgan Llywelyn, international bestselling author of 1916

"In this translation of a famous Irish epic, Eickhoff brings this rousing adventure tale to a modern audience. Readers interested in mythology and Irish folklore will thrill to this fast-paced epic, which should please both scholar and layperson alike."-Booklist

"An amazing piece of work. This version has a marvelous ring of authenticity. This is what those wild pagans were really like before the priests got to them!"-Thomas Fleming, author of the New York Times bestseller The Officers' Wives

"A resounding read that echoes across the ages."-David Nevin, the New York Times bestselling author of Treason

About the Author:

Randy Lee Eickhoff holds several graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Classics. He lives in El Paso, Texas where he works on translations in several languages, poetry, plays, and novels of which two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His translation of Ireland's national epic is now a text in not only schools in the United States, but countries overseas as well. His nonfiction work on the Tigua Indians, Exiled, won the Southwest History Award. He has been inducted into the Paso Del Norte Writers Hall of Fame, the local chapter of the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters. He spends his time in El Paso, Ireland, and Italy, lecturing on Dante and The Ulster Cycle.

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