The Ireland Series 2: Religion and War by Brian Igoe
This is the second in the series of LiteBite Books telling the story of Ireland. It takes us from 1366 to 1791, perhaps the most defining period of Ireland’s history. Book 2 looks at that extraordinary family of Fitzgeralds known as the Geraldines and sees them transformed from Normans into Irish; That sets the scene onto which bursts the most seminal event in Irish History, Henry VIII of England and his break with the Church of Rome. In itself that was no great thing, but followed as it was by the Dissolution of the Monasteries, hitherto the foundation of so much in Ireland,it led to led to Plantations, Cromwell and Transportation,the expulsion of the Irish from most of their land save Connacht, England's 'Glorious Revolution' and Dutch William as he was known, William of Orange, The Battle of the Boyne and the Flight of the Wild Geese, and the horrors of the Penal Laws.
Brian Igoe has just celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary. He and his wife live outside Hereford in England in the beautiful tranquility of the Wye Valley. No dogs now, as he can't stand pooper scooping.