Smith

At the end of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga, the love-child of Sean O'Byrne runs away to Dublin and takes the name of Smith. In the second book, we follow the fortunes of the Smith family, their rise to wealth, their fall, and their later careers as intellectuals, patriots and rebels in the Easter Rising.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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