This show covers the chaotic years between 1186 and 1189. Assassinations, warfare and violence break out across Ireland as many of the key figures in the story so far struggle to survive in what is an increasingly unpredictable world.
My unique bus tour of medieval Ireland is on this weekend. This is a unique chance to see many of the locations mentioned in the podcast. If you enjoy the show you will love this tour. Find out more and book your tickets here.
The Norman Invasion XIX – Living and dying by the sword.
Magna Carta is the most famous of medieval documents and the story behind it a fascinating. Forged amidst a civil war in England some people even claim it is the cornerstone of modern democracy. This podcast looks at the brutal … read more
This podcast tells the story of Irish-Americans who have been forgotten by history. These were the revolutionaries, feminists, socialists, and trade union organisers in early 20th century United States. Often dubbed as ‘Un-American’ they strenuously rejected this notion. They saw … read more
So far in the story of the invasion the kingdoms of Munster – Desmond and Thomond have escaped relatively unscathed. That is until this episode. In this show we see a fresh Norman army land in Waterford bent on conquering … read more
The last show on the Norman Invasion ended in somewhat dramatic circumstances with the death of Strongbow, the leader of the Norman Invasion. As you can imagine the fall out from this was immense. The episode begins with a group … read more
Many of the foods you will eat on Christmas day were unknown to medieval Europeans. Turkey, cranberries and even potatoes only arrived in Europe after the conquest of the Americas began. This podcast looks at the world of medieval food … read more
This podcast takes the story to a pivotal year in the Norman Invasion of Ireland – 1176. The episode begins where part XII left off – in the aftermath of Raymond le Gros’ successful siege of Limerick. Raymond makes his … read more
In 1173 Strongbow returned to Ireland after fighting in Normandy for his king Henry II. Within months he faced one of the biggest crises since the invasion had begun as Gaelic resistance to the Invasion surged. Not only was his … read more
In the Spring of 1925 newspapers around the world carried stories that a famine had broken out in Ireland. The Manchester Guardian reported 750,000 people were at risk, a figure repeated by the Soviet Union’s daily Pravda. However you won’t … read more
The year is 1174, much of Ireland is reeling from 5 years of warfare since the Norman Invasion began in earnest in 1169. The island is gripped by sweeping change and chaos. This podcast is an enthralling journey through this … read more