Ireland in the Middle Ages by Seán Duffy (auth.)

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He performed a similar deed in the following year when he marched to Mide (Meath) and banished the ruling dynasty into Breifne .

Owing to this opposition , Muirchertach hardly set foot outside Munster for several years after 1086. During this period he lost control of Dublin and it was taken over by an Islesman called Godred Crovan (Gofraid Meranach), the founder of a dynasty that ruled over Man and the Isles, in whole or in part, for th e next two centuries. His seizure of Dublin from his base on the Isle of Man is further proof that Dublin and Man were treated by contemporaries as a single political entity: the ruler of one was entitled to seek to add the other to his domain.

And Murtart sent his dau ghter and man y arm ed ships along with her to his aid. ~4 It is interesting th at th e Normans' alIiance is here interpreted as an attempt 'to make peace' with the Irish. It is interesting too that they were perceived as be coming 'exalted with pride ' because of the marriage alIian ce , after their e m issarie s 'came j oyfully' with the news, an d th en refused to accep t pea ce with H enry I o n th e strength of it , a re mi n d er of the importance of th e Ir ish input in to Welsh warfare a t this poin t.

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