James Charles Roy has been a peripatetic “independent scholar” since 1969, when he left his job in New York City, bought a 500 cc BSA “Royal Star” in London, and took off for Ireland (“it was the cheapest place to go and hang out, as well as being the most interesting place on earth”). His fascination with Ireland has been lifelong, beginning when his parents visited the island in 1955 for two months, bringing their family of three children in tow, and stretching through his purchase and renovation of Moyode Castle in County Galway. He has written innumerable articles on Irish history and seven distinguished books, including The Fields of Athenry and Islands of Storm, a Book-of-the-Month and History Book Club selection. He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts with his wife, the artist Jan V. Roy.
News and Events
Hear James Charles Roy speak about his new book, The Elizabethan Conquest of Ireland, at the 2022 Newburyport Literary Festival.
November: Josephine Fenton of Irish Examiner reviews The Elizabethan Conquest of Ireland: https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsandculture/arid-40732521.html
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