Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland?
(07-25-2009, 03:52 PM)Anastasia Wrote: It has always struck me as odd, though, the antipathy the Normans ( later the English) felt for Irish culture. The Statutes of Kilkenny (1200 or so, haven't checked the exact date in a while) forbid speaking Irish, dancing and music, every cultural feature they could think of. Now I'm not many of these laws completely succeeded, but why try so hard to erase their whole way of life? Why not be content with having conquered the place?

I don't know the answer to the question of "why," but I know that such laws were often employed later in Europe.  The central Spanish govt. (yep, even Franco) put legal restrictions on the use of Catalan and Basque, the Austrians tried to force German on their subjects, the Hungarians then tried to force Magyar on their subjects, the French supported a standardized French language, etc., etc.

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Re: Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland? - by Bonifacius - 07-25-2009, 03:59 PM

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