Irish Historical novel, The Sun Palace by Brighid O’Sullivan

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The Sun Palace by Brighid O'Sullivan

The Sun Palace by Brighid O’Sullivan

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The Sun Palace by Brighid O’Sullivan

Prologue

West Coast of Eire/ AD 520

West Coast of Eire/ AD 520

Bevin would never have believed that a man she trusted like a brother would have betrayed her so easily. But here she was. Seated adrift for all she knew. No shore in sight. Arms and legs tied. Blood pooled in her wrists so that her fingers felt like dead wood. She felt cold, confused, and dazed as a newborn calf. Was she hallucinating, she wondered, brought on by the intensity of the birth? She had felt the same when her son was born, had labored in agony for days. Even when it was all over, she remembered his birth continued to haunt her. She had dreamt of something inside her clawing at her bones, a sense of being ripped and scraped from the inside out, the child ‘s head squeezing and pushing. This was not like that however. How many days had it been since the birth? Two? Three? Four maybe. She felt no pain at the moment. Only terrifying rage.

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Why History Should be Taught Through Historical Novels

Schools do a poor job of getting kids interested in history for this one simple reason. How can you relate to a historical period without seeing it through the eyes of the people who lived it–explore their hopes, their dreams, their hardships and triumphs.? How can you grasp something that radically changed a person’s entire world when the world we live in, (specifically in America) is so settled, so easy and calm and for the most part, just? I’ve said before, Americans are spoiled. Unless you actually go looking for it, how do you become interested in history in the first place. Most often, people don’t develop an interest,  and that’s a shame.

I hated history in school, but about six  years ago I read my first historical novel which changed everything. When I started to research my own novel, The Sun Palace  set in sixth century Ireland, I hadn’t wanted to add fantasy but  but it naturally popped in through my research. I had no idea that fantasy actually began in Ireland and through Irish folklore. Continue reading