Rory Oge O’More – J.W.H. Carter.
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Describes the world of mid-16th century Leix and rescues Rory Oge from the mists of history giving him flesh and blood. Rory was central to the convulsions endured by the Irish Midlands during his time as The O’More. Imbued with Brehon Law and its ancient Gaelic civilisation Rory had to cope with its decline when confronted by land-greedy advocates of a ruthless Common Law. Perhaps the best Swordsman of his day, he fought for his place in Leix, but he could not succeed. Of course, he was not without human failings: he fell for a pretty face, for a while was venal, recognised the inevitability of plantations but could not secure his desired place. A ruthless and capable enemy, he seemed to lead such a charmed life it was thought he was a wroughter of spells and in league with the devil. Then he kidnapped two prominent Englishmen, but was caught off-guard and lost, among others, the love of his life. Even he must have been shocked soon afterwards by the atrocity that was Mullaghmast and despite his best efforts he cannot have anticipated being killed by an Irishman.