Pale

The Pale was the area around Dublin under direct English control in the late Middle Ages, so called because, supposedly, it was enclosed by a boundary ditch. In fact the area of the Pale varied greatly, sometimes extending out in a great arc of territory, but sometimes being little more than then area immediately around Dublin. Life in the Pale, beyond the Pale, and in the turbulent borderlands, is described and explained in two chapters in the first book of Rutherfurd?s Irish saga: 'Dalkey' and 'The Pale'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
This month four hundred years ago, the famed Mayflower began its journey across the Atlantic. After abandoning its sister ship, the Speedwell, which was not seaworthy, the Mayflower finally set sail in September. The people on the Mayflower all belonged to an obscure sect called the Brownists. The founder, Brown himself, had already abandoned the sect and returned to the king’s Church of England. The Pilgrim fathers were woefully badly prepared for their journey, lacking proper farm implements and livestock. The miracle is that they survived at all!




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