Dublin, Good Friday, 1916.
Kidnapped and held at gunpoint by his former IRB comrades, Bulmer Hobson, the misunderstood antihero of 1916, denounces the ill-fated Easter Rising he had tried to prevent. While his captors joke about shooting him and dumping his body on the railroad tracks, his terrified fiancée roams the chaos-ravaged city in search of him. Fifteen years of political rivalry, international conspiracy, botched love affairs, and taunting promises of glory culminate in a bloody showdown.
Once branded 'the most dangerous man in Ireland' by the police, Hobson is about to be deleted from history. Based on historical accounts, Martyrs and Traitors is an intimate glance into the conflicted and shattered heart of Ireland's discredited patriot.
What did you like best about Martyrs and Traitors? What did you like least?
Worth a read for an insight into the forgotten hero of our independence Bulmer Hobson and the some of the many women who were involved but seems to be promoting the idea that Irish independence was a great ideal once you didn't leave the Irish in charge. Hugely insulting in its gib portrayal of most of the heroes of 1916 as buffoons without much to back it up except a sneering contempt for uncivilised Irish Catholic. It certainly doesn't lack attitude.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The day-to-day lives and musing of what are now regarded as 'minor' players in the fight for freedom, especially the role of theatre and the various women involved. And Hobson himself. It's about time he was brought back to life
If this book were a film would you go see it?