Henry VIII and Ireland

Henry VIII of England, to the end of his life, believed himself to be a good Catholic, albeit at odds with the Pope. But he would not tolerate the independent ways of the effective rulers of Ireland, the Fitzgeralds. And so began the increasing domination of Ireland from across the water. This included the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the burning of relics by Archbishop Browne of Dublin. The full, and often surprising story of the great conflict as it came to a head in the revolt of 'Silken Thomas' Fitzgerald is told in the final chapter of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.




 

 

 

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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