Medieval and modern myths accrued to Maeve, notably Rosalind Clark's 'The Great Queens', led to this redemption of Maeve's pristine identity. Clark showcased the divine elements and tragic qualities on which the greatness of the medieval 'Tain Bo Cuailnge' rested, enabling us to fully appreciate Ireland 's greatest national epic. However, a seismic shift had taken place in the retelling of Maeve's story in the later 12th century versions of 'Tain Bo Cuailnge', arousing shades of a Greek-style Odyssey." Maeve's early history was deliberately suppressed as she underwent gross character assassination. The sheer magnitude of machiavellian machinations which led to her metamorphosis as a sovereignty goddess compelled the author to redeem her noble history here.
“O Connor's research and photos are unprecedented in any account of Irish History. This scholarly work is real Irish History - not the romantic myth of Gaelic High Kings of Ireland based at Tara. It should be compulsory reading for any student of Irish History” (Colin Dykes’ in Amazon.com review).
It is vastly enhanced by its expansive Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44485145@N04/