Battle Of The Boyne

The famous battle, in 1690, ended the attempt of Catholic King James II to hold out against his son-in-law, the Protestant Prince William of Orange, who had taken his English kingdom from him. But the battle was not, as is often supposed, a straightforward fight between Catholic and Protestant; and the circumstances of the battle are discussed in Rutherfurd's second Irish book, in the chapter entitled 'The Staff of Saint Patrick'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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