THE BOOK OF CONQUESTS 1978 written and illustrated by Jim FitzPatrick. These are artist’s set aside copies and are part of the first print edition. These are rare and Jim FitzPatrick will sign the book and also include an 8×5” Fine Art Print making this a real collector’s item. 112 pages, all full color.
THE BOOK OF CONQUESTS, published in 1978 is the first of two volumes, which tell the story of the Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of god like warriors who invaded Ireland about 3,500 years ago leaving an impression still felt to this day. These stories are based on the Early Mythological Cycle of Irish stories.
This is the story of the First Battle of Moytura, one of the most important epic stories in Early Irish Literature. It tells of the Tuatha Dé Danann, lead by the hero Nuada and their battle with the Fir Bolg tribe for the land of Ireland.
Look at the other pictures I have included which are some examples of artwork in the book.
These stories are of great influence in ancient Irish history and many Irish archaeological sites have names or stories related to the Tuatha Dé Danann. Unfortunately not much emphasis is put on the importance of these incredible stories, which are considered the earliest voice of western European civilization. Many of the places in Ireland where there are still links to this part of our proud history are not given the care they deserve and I hope in writing and illustrating this book to help preserve our wonderful national heritage.