ENGLISH 217 – Anglo Irish Identities - MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE

ENGLISH 217 – Anglo Irish Identities - MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE

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ENGLISH 217 – Anglo Irish Identities MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE Medieval Ireland Ireland is a country with pagan roots. During medieval times, Ireland primarily practiced Christianity. English King Henry became feudal lord. Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, was overthrown by his fellow High King of Ireland, Rory O’ Connor. Henry II, an Anglo-Norman, came to power after William the Conqueror, becoming King Henry II. Norman Invasion of Ireland took place on May 1, 1169 - led by Henry II Soon after, Henry was made the feudal lord of Ireland. This marked the start of eight centuries of English dominance Giraldus Cambrensis wrote Topographia Hibernica (Irish were an inhospitable people, entirely descended from beasts and living in a beastly manner and that all their customs are extremely barbarous.-- Mostly written on false occasions, Topography of Ireland did not distinguish fact and fiction.) Gerald was Welsh but identified himself with a powerful Anglo-Norman family. 16
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