Normans In Ireland

To speak of the coming of the Normans to Ireland is slightly misleading. Seeking mercenary help, after being thrown out of his kingdom, King Diarmait of Leinster applied to Henry Plantagenet, the French-speaking ruler of Anjou, who had also through his mother inherited the kingdom of England, for help from one of his vassals. As a result, The Earl of Clare, known as Strongbow, was allowed to collect a contingent of knights and soldiers of fortune, many of them Flemish families who had settled in south Wales, and take them to Ireland. Only when Strongbow seemed about to succeed Diarmait in his local kingdom, did the opportunist Henry Plantagenet come over himself and, through a process of trickery, and with the connivance of the Pope, persuade the other Irish kings to acknowledge him as overlord, with consequences that would change Irish history down the centuries. This subtle and extraordinary story provides the political framework of the family drama told in the 'Strongbow' chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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