I chose this image to include in my book about the earls of Desmond. Portraits of the Earls or their countesses have not survived, but there are plenty of their enemies and their countesses. This one is of Margaret, wife of Piers Rua Butler, 8 the Earl of Ormond: the detail is from her effigy in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.
“At last the complicated history of the Earls of Desmond has been unraveled into a readable format. Superbly researched and written, Gerald O’Carroll’s work is a resource of excellence for students of medieval Ireland, young and old.” Michael Quinlan, Lough Gur.
Retail price: 15 euros. Postage and packaging extra: Ireland 2 euros, the world 4 euros.
The launch of the book is expected to be in Newcastle West in late August.