Can anyone answer this quesiton?
I have lately been reading of the English Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in the 1600s. Even by the standards of the time it seems unbelievably brutal!
For the next three hundred years, the English would do everything possible to make Ireland poor and wipe out its culture…
Did the English hate them so much because they were Catholic? Or because their culture was so different from the rest of Europe i.e warlike and clannish, filled with tattooed long haired people speaking a strange ancient language?
Was it a combination of the two?
I notice that even Scotland didnt get quite as poor of a deal as Ireland did ( Having a presbyterian population may have helped it.)
Funny enough, England has had a presence in Ireland since the 1100s, but it wasn’t until the protestant reformation that they really began to treat it badly. Even Henry VIII by and large left it alone…:shrug: