Why Did England Want Ireland? 1250 – 1303

What’s the point? England had to put down rebellion after rebellion after rebellion after rebellion in Ireland from the moment it moved in. Well, it was worth it when you consider the amount of money and resources that Ireland could provide. King Edward really liked waging wars. In 1277 he launched a nice long war against Wales that lasted into the 1280s and Ireland played an important role.

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What Happened To the Normans? 1185 – 1260

What happened next? The Normans brought widespread coinage and tried to bring a centralised system of justice with local and royal courts. The Brehon laws continued to be used across the majority of the country, particularly because the Irish were excluded from the benefits of Norman law. As such, the Normans then had to decide to either be swallowed by the culture of the Irish or keep them completely at…

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The Anglo-Irish Church (1185 -)

The Anglo Irish Church Henry II’s son, Prince John, eventually took over the Ireland campaign. One of his first moves was to give the Diocese of Dublin to his Norman candidate. With it, he gave him grants of land and spiritual jurisdiction. Most notable of which was the area of Glendalough. Taking this off the Irish clergy took years to suppress and get handed over in 1192. It was the start…

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The Norman Invasion

The Norman invasion was inevitable. They had had amazing success in England and the rest of Britain since the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and, despite Henry II’s disinterest in Ireland, the rest of the Normans were hungry for lands and titles. So what led to the invasion in 1169? Why were they so successful, despite shorter numbers? Why didn’t the Irish unite against them and drive them out when…

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