Colonisation and Conquest in Medieval Ireland: The English by Brendan Smith

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By Brendan Smith

The background of English rule in eire stretches again to the 12th century. This publication examines the activities of the earliest English settlers in eire and asks a few questions about the society they built there. Why did those humans come to eire? How did they have interaction with the local Irish friends? What used to be the character in their dating with England? This used to be additionally a time of English enlargement in Wales and Scotland, and the booklet indicates comparisons and contrasts with the Irish event during this broader surroundings.

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Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, (Jerusalem, 1992), pp. 341–66 (quotes at pp. 356, 357, 360). I am grateful to Dr Marcus Bull for his help on this point. 10 R. Bartlett, The Making of Europe. Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950–1350 (London, 1993); J. R. S. Phillips, The Medieval Expansion of Europe (Oxford, 1988), pp. 20–2; R. R. Davies, Domination and Conquest. The Experience of Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1100–1300 (Cambridge, 1990), pp.

Vicary Gibbs and others, 13 vols. (London, 1910–59) Giraldus, Expugnatio Giraldus Cambrensis, Expugnatio Hibernica: the Conquest of Ireland, ed. A. B. Scott and F. X. Martin (Dublin, 1978) Giraldus, Topographia Giraldus Cambrensis, The History and Topography of Ireland, ed. J. J. O Meara (Mountrath and Harmondsworth, 1982) Gormanston Reg. Calendar of the Gormanston Register, ed. James Mills and M. J. McEnery (RSAI, Dublin, 1916) Gwynn and Hadcock, Med. Religious Houses A. Gwynn, and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses: Ireland (London, 1972) Hist.

In an assessment which echoes Seamus Deane’s remark that ‘colonialism was the early, amateur form of imperialism’ Davies says of Edward’s conquest of Wales that it ‘was much more than a military victory followed by an act of territorial annexation. ’25 In Wales Edwardian colonisation occurred in a context of long-established and carefully maintained distinctions between earlier settlers and the native population and of continued allegiance on the part of the settlers to the English king. In Scotland Edwardian colonisation sought to destroy a tradition whereby settlers and natives had been united by their allegiance to a Scottish king.

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