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(1171-72) The Norman Invasion IX – King Henry II in Ireland

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On October 17th 1172, Henry II became the first king of England to set foot in Ireland. Henry had come in the hope of proclaiming himself lord over the entire island.  Awaiting him were not just his own Norman subjects who had been fighting in Ireland since 1169 but also dozens of Gaelic kings. How these kings in particular would react to Henry’s claims would be crucial. The King however had prepared for all eventualities bringing an army of over 4,000 warriors and even prefabricated siege towers. In the show I look at how Henry was received, why he had come and what a medieval royal visit like this looked like.

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(1171) The Norman Invasion VIII – The arrival of Henry II.

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Despite their victory at the siege of Dublin (covered in Part VII), Strongbow and his Norman followers in Ireland are by no means in a secure position. Their comrade-in-arms Robert FitzStephen is being held prisoner in Wexford. Meanwhile, across Leinster … read more

(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 – … read more

Black Death Biography #1. John Clyn

Last week I announced I am starting a new book. The working title is “1348: A Medieval Apocalypse – The Black Death in Ireland”. Over the coming months, beginning with this post, I will be blogging about different aspects of … read more

1348: A Medieval Apocalypse – The Black Death in Ireland

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In the summer of 1348 the medieval world was changed forever by a crisis of apocalyptic proportions. Never before or since has humanity experienced anything like the events that unfolded as the Black Death swept through Northern Europe. Within a … read more