Vikings Of Ireland

The traditional view of popular history, that Ireland was repeatedly threatened by Vikings, first Norwegian and then Danish, who were nearly defeated by Brian Boru, masks a much more complex and interesting story. For instance, there were more attacks on Irish monasteries by native Irish, including monks from rival monasteries, than there were ever Viking raids. Fearsome and threatening the Vikings were; but Irish kings, including Brian Boru, were intermarried with leading Norse families, who founded almost all of Ireland's towns, and often acted with them. This complex and fascinating tale is told in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters 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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