Vikings Of Ireland

The traditional view of popular history, that Ireland was repeatedly threatened by Vikings, first Norwegian and then Danish, who were nearly defeated by Brian Boru, masks a much more complex and interesting story. For instance, there were more attacks on Irish monasteries by native Irish, including monks from rival monasteries, than there were ever Viking raids. Fearsome and threatening the Vikings were; but Irish kings, including Brian Boru, were intermarried with leading Norse families, who founded almost all of Ireland's towns, and often acted with them. This complex and fascinating tale is told in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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