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Uniting a country is a difficult task This is clearly displayed in Morgan Llywelyns novel Brian Boru- Emperor of the Irish This novel is the journey of a young boy to manhood however it is solidified by his constant battle to unite all of the people of Ireland under one king It begins when Brian is a boy known as Brian mac Kennedy His father is the leader of the Dalcassian tribe Brian had many brothers but his favorite was Mahon his oldest brother As a child Brian loved to listen to the stories of the great kings of old Ireland Yet despite his great interest in kings and his kingly appearance Brian was the youngest brother and it was virtually impossible for him to become king Brian loved his mother Bebinn dearly the author says of bebinn She was home she was the heart of his world Brian also felt strongly towards the guardian of their village Aval he brings offerings to the banshee and talks to her constantly Though Brians life is good there is a constant threat of invasion by the foreigners One day the worst of the villages fears comes true when the Danes invaded Brian and two of his brothers were away during the invasion as was his father However Bebinn Brians mother and the heart of his world was slaughtered Upon the return of Kennedy Brians father Brian was sent away to a monastic school to be educated After arriving at the monastic school Brian was eager to learn the arts of battle However the abbot said that that was not the Christian way and instead introduced the boy into studying music mathematics and languages His favorite subject was history it was filled with war stories and by studying it he learned how great victories had been won in the past Brian felt that by learning this he would know how to defeat the Vikings that had killed his
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