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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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