Irish History Podcast

Medieval life has fascinated those interested in history for generations. Our curiosity is stimulated by a macabre interest in the harshness of daily life – the casual murder rate was twenty times higher than it is today, people died from curable diseases on a daily basis and you were old at forty. While this may seem tough, daily life reached unprecedented harshness in medieval Ireland after 1270. Amid war and famine vast tracts of territory became known to the Normans as Terra Guerre – The land of war.  The following article contains the stories of people who lived in what was a land of war when you were lucky to live to forty or survive to die of disease…

Background

After 1270 Ireland entered a crisis caused by a changing climate coupled with internal political problems. This provoked a series of famines and wars between the Gaelic Irish and the…

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