The Irish Legend of M'Donnell and the Norman de Borgos

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9781230440545: The Irish Legend of M'Donnell and the Norman de Borgos
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... "If it had been so," said the other; "but you hear he has half confessed otherwise, and I am certain it is not the character of a M'Donnell to bear animosity in his breast without a cause." * "I should hope so," said M'Donnell, smiling.--"And you, Sir Hugh, in regard of an O'Neill, I should think, must confess the same. We are all fond enough," said M'Quillan, "of attributing magnanimity to our family and connexions, be they deserving or not; and I must certainly partake of human nature as well as my fellow brethren. Come," said he, joining their hands, "I'll not allow you to disobey my orders longer; cast away this childishness, we don't know but we may be attacked to-morrow by our enemy, Cooey Na Gall O'Cahan, from beyond the Bann." "I was determined," said M'Donnell, "the first fair wind, that we should take the opportunity of it in returning to Scotland; but if you are in apprehension of a visit from this chieftain and his clans, I shall willingly accompany you, that I may see how the temper of the Highland and Irish swords agree, for I have been told they are equally red-hot." "You will find the O'Cahans," said O'Neill, "good men, take them individually. I don't know, however, whether their clans be numerous; but there was a day, I am well convinced, when they were more powerful than at present." It had been only a few days back that old Daniel M'Quillan received a letter, sealed with the imperial arms of the house of Austria, proposing to his two sons high commissions in the Emperor's service, besides other marks of distinction as an inducement. Charles the Great, who then filled the Imperial chair, I mean Charles the Fifth of Germany, who was the wonder and terror of Europe for thirty years, now carried on wars with the...

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