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Author's novel approach to Battle of Boyne

By Staff Reporter

The story of the Battle of the Boyne has been brought to life at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast.

Drogheda-based author Nicola Pierce led two workshops at the museum, reading extracts from her latest historical novel Kings Of The Boyne.

The book is a fictional account of the 1690 battle between King William and King James.

Miss Pierce also used the context of her four novels - the sinking of Titanic, World War Two's Battle of Stalingrad, the Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne - to explain her approach to writing about history for children.

The public readings set the factual historical context of Kings Of The Boyne, with the author explaining how she preferred to use real people.

These included Gerald O'Connor (19), a dutiful son and Jacobite, whose account of the battle can be found in the National Library in Dublin.

For the Williamite side, she brought back the Londonderry brothers from her previous novel, Behind The Walls. Robert and Daniel Sherrard were two of the original 13 apprentices who locked the four gates of Derry against a Catholic army in December 1688.

The author said: "It was such an honour and thrill for me to be invited to speak at the museum.

"I'm not an historian, but I love showing my way into something like the Battle of the Boyne and discussing the challenges of presenting it in a novel for younger readers."

Curator of the Museum of Orange Heritage, Dr Jonathan Mattison, said: "Creating better understanding of all aspects of history is important, especially Irish history."

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