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Flight of the Earls : A Popular History (Hardcover) (Liam Swords)

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When some ninety-nine persons, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell, sailed from Rathmullan, County Donegal on 14 September 1607, it was destined to be probably the most momentous event in the history of the island of Ireland. The flight paved the way for the plantation of Ulster which introduced into that province Scots Presbyterians. This influx led to a sectarian division which still persists after four hundred years. Spain, from where it was hoped a new expedition would be launched, was the destination of the Earls, but bad weather forced them to land in France, from where they headed towards Flanders, then a Spanish dependency. They wintered in Louvain where they heard the bitter news that Spain no longer wished to receive them. Eventually they were obliged to settle for Rome, where they could expect little more than 'bulls and benedictions'.
The flight was to end in tragedy with the sudden deaths in Rome of Rory O'Donnell and his brother, Cuchonnacht Maguire, O'Neill's son, the Baron of Dungannon and others, from malaria only a year after they left Ireland. O'Neill himself, the last to survive, died in 1616, pleading in the end for help from Spain to return to Ireland at the head of an expedition, but all in vain.
Number of Pages: 109
Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dufour Editions
Author: Liam Swords
Language: English
Street Date: July 20, 2016
TCIN: 52746558
UPC: 9781782182979
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-4140
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