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Review: The Retrieval

The Retrieval Trailer Race relations and the history of African Americans in the United States around the Civil War is a topic that has already been covered this year, in spectacular fashion, with 12 Years A Slave. But there is … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: John’s Second Visit

The Anglo-Normans in Ireland were rebelling and fighting with each other pell-mell, damaging wars that left the English effort to expand against the natives neutered. King John’s second expedition to Ireland was just a larger part of his repeatedly fractious … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Anarchy Under John

Having briefly discussed Ireland’s mostly unnoteworthy relationship with the Crusades in the last entry, we shall now press on with the narrative of the Anglo-Norman presence Ireland, beginning with the reign of the largely absent Richard I. Ireland was marked … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Castles And Crusades

As Henry II’s days wound down, the Anglo-Norman position in Ireland faced some setbacks. In the north, in 1188, forces loyal to John de Courcy suffered a repulse from the leaders of Aileach in Tyrone, a Gaelic Kingdom in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: De Lacy And John

The English continued to expand in 1178, heedless of any previous agreements made with Rory O’Connor or any other major Irish figure, but they were not invincible. The colonial advance was less a tidal wave and more a lengthy erosion, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Smerwick And The End Of The Desmond Rebellion

It was the Autumn of 1580, and one could be forgiven for wondering just how things were going to work out in Desmond. The area had been in revolt for some time now, the Geraldines of Munster facing off against … Continue reading

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