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By Edmund Curtis

A concise historical past of eire which covers the interval 6000 BC to 1972.

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Meanwhile forces other than political were moving. The reformation of the Church had begun in Europe a century was pointed out by Rome ago. For Ireland the necessity, too, A HISTORY OF IRELAND 38 and Canterbury and realized by a band of native reformers. The eleventh and twelfth centuries were for Europe an age of recovery in the intellectual and spiritual life, and this impulse Ireland was destined to feel also. Her monastic centres had long played a noble part, but they had become rich and stagnant, devoted to their local interests, and yet subjected to the tyranny of temporal lords.

His son, Richard FitzGilbert ('Strongbow' of our Irish tradition), welded Pembroke into a feudal State. It was in southern Wales that the Norman conquerors of Ireland grew up. The younger son and the gentleman-soldier who has made so much English history was abundant there. 47 48 A HISTORY OF IRELAND The first feudal band to invade Ireland, Maurice FitzGerald and the rest, were a family party, putting their stock into a common and ready for the great jump-over into The Earl of Pembroke was their overlord and the King of England their still remoter lord, but loyalty to both sat light upon them.

Everywhere in Europe the revived Church, in order to carry out its great mission, allied itself with growing Monarchy. Many of the Irish reformers came to regard without dismay foreign intervention. By the donation of Adrian, granted three years after the Synod of Kells, the Pope is said to have commissioned Henry 11 to reform Ireland. Whether this donation is genuine or not, is one of the great questions of history. But we cannot doubt that political confusion caused good and zealous men to despair of the State and disposed them towards what followed.

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