Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland?
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Bonifacius,
You must have posted as I was writing my own commentary.  Excellent post discussing the Norman identity.  It is true that King Henry II would have considered himself Norman or French, not ‘English’.  The ‘English’ who invaded Ireland in the 12th century assimilated to the culture and became ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’, as the saying went.  But the English who reconquered Ireland in the 16th century truly intended to remake Ireland in their own image: to make Ireland English and Protestant.  They succeeded in almost completely destroying the Irish language, but happily never had any success in destroying the Irish religion.
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Re: Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland? - by Schmendrick - 07-25-2009, 12:41 AM



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