Henry VIII and Ireland

Henry VIII of England, to the end of his life, believed himself to be a good Catholic, albeit at odds with the Pope. But he would not tolerate the independent ways of the effective rulers of Ireland, the Fitzgeralds. And so began the increasing domination of Ireland from across the water. This included the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the burning of relics by Archbishop Browne of Dublin. The full, and often surprising story of the great conflict as it came to a head in the revolt of 'Silken Thomas' Fitzgerald is told in the final chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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