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?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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