Fitzgeralds And Butlers

The greatest of the feudal families ? the so-called Normans - who came to Ireland in the wake of Strongbow and King Henry II, the rival Fitzgeralds and Butlers built up their power as representatives of the English kings. The Fitzgeralds, in particular, intermarried with the ancient princely families of Ireland, and the head of the family, the mighty Earl of Kildare, lived much of the time like a great Irish prince himself. The story of these families, their disputes and their bids for power is told in two chapters of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga: 'The Pale', and 'Silken Thomas'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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