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Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland

A Carroll Saga, 1500–1782

Ronald Hoffman and Sally Mason

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-5347-4

Copyright 2000 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (2001)
  Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction (2001)
  Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (2002)

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Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland tells a powerful and compelling story.... It will take its place among the very best of the intergenerational family histories of colonial and Revolutionary America.”

--John Murrin

“Ronald Hoffman’s extraordinary book is far more than a family biography. It not only frames three generations of Carrolls within the larger struggles of the Anglo-Irish-American world, but it reveals the human dimensions of Catholic/Protestant conflict on two continents.... That the Carrolls seized their opportunities and eventually converted from outsiders into insiders during the Revolutionary era is a tribute to them; that Ron Hoffman has told this transatlantic story with such skill is a tribute to him.”

--Elaine Forman Crane

“This family saga, chronicling the fall and rise of the Carroll family from the trauma of the Conquests of Ireland to their recovery of full political status in the American Revolution, is pursued with a vigor and intensity worthy of Thomas Mann.... This is a gripping read and a prime example of Atlantic history at its best.”

--Nicholas Canny