Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland?
(07-25-2009, 10:51 AM)Melita Wrote:
(07-25-2009, 10:46 AM)Bonifacius Wrote: An interesting aside, but I'd note that the Romans never ruled "the English."   They ruled Celts living in Britain.  The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes (the English proper) came later.  They were Germanic tribes and never lived under Roman rule.

The Romans easily established control over southeastern tribes in England (eg the Caractacus).... the Iceni were a little more trouble. But it's true that the whole of Britain was never under Roman control. I should have said Britons rather than English :P

It must be noted that the Roman General Agricola (the father in law of the historian Tacitus) defeated the Caledonians in several pitched battles, and was well on his way to conquering Caledonia (Scotland) and set his sights on Hibernia (Ireland) after that, even receiving one of their chieftans. As fate (and history) would have it, Agricola was recalled by the emperor Domitian and reportedly poisoned, the end result of which most of modern day Scotland and all of Ireland remained free from Roman rule.

That, as they say, is the rest of the story. 

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Re: Why was England so interested in conquering Ireland? - by CrusaderKing - 07-26-2009, 06:59 AM

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