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?
The first MGM Lion was Irish. The iconic MGM lion, which appears before every MGM film since the studio’s birth, has been a number of different lions since the early 20th century, but the very first MGM Lion was a Dubliner! Slats, born in the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was used on every black and white MGM film between 1924 and 1928. To this day, he is the only MGM lion not to roar, though reportedly he could growl on cue.




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