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(1171) The Norman Invasion VII – The second siege of Dublin

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This podcast sees the Normans suffer a ferocious backlash after their conquests in the year of 1170. A Norse army including beserkers – feared viking warriors – attack Dublin before a vast host lead by the king of Connacht – Rory O’Connor besieges the town. The Norman presence in Ireland hangs by a thread as they lose the few friends they had. This episode also sees tensions ramp between Strongbow and his king back home Henry II who is increasingly fearful Strongbow is about to establish a rival kingdom in Ireland.

At the end of the episode I have an exciting announcement about how you can get more exclusive podcasts on Irish history and how you can have your say over my next book. You can find out more at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie/blackdeath.

In the show I ask for your feedback on this series on the Norman Invasion @irishhistory on twitter, Irishhistorypodcast on facebook or if email works better you’ll find me history@irishhistorypodcast.ie

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(1171) The Norman Invasion VII – The second siege of Dublin

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1348: A Medieval Apocalypse – The Black Death in Ireland

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**Podcast** (1170-71) The Norman Invasion VI – The first siege of Dublin

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Friends in high places – Dublin’s medieval oligarchs

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I spent several hours in the national archives today waiting for a lost file to be found. The tantilisingly named file that I felt was worth the wait, proved to be just that – tantilisingly named, it’s contents were remarkably … read more