John de Courcy came to Ireland in 1170 as a young landless adventurer, seeking honour and glory, ready to fight and to conquer. And fight he did, always leading his men from the front in battle after battle. His conquests were limited to the present-day counties of Antrim and Down, but he ruled there as Prince of Ulster and challenged the power of the King. His life reads like a story from the realms of legend, and his eventual destruction at the hands of King John adds poignancy to the tale.
Michael Steven Sheane was born in England in 1947. He was educated at Larne Grammar School and Orange's Academy, Belfast, a mixed Protestant and Catholic college, and attended Trinity College Dublin. A man from Ballygally on the Antrim Coast, he now lives in Antrim. His hobbies include stamp collecting, photography and walking. He contributes to press, radio and television on Ulster affairs. He also writes for Ireland's Own, and now combines writing with business.