Long shot of Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman Irish castle in Northern Ireland in the County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough.
History

The Bruce Family in Scotland and Ireland

November 11, 2020

The Bruce family were descendants of the English knights that moved to Scotland. The Bruce brothers tried to reunite former Celtic areas. When the Irish did not like the idea, the brothers changed their approach and created a significant shift in Scottish history. […]

Famous Scottish Cawdor Castle, known from Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth'.
History

The Scottish Macbeth in Reality and Fiction

November 11, 2020

Macbeth in reality was not the ruthless king who unfairly shed blood for the throne, as Shakespeare put it. He was a powerful ruler, who won the legal battle and became the king of Scotland. […]

Green fields lead down to cliffs and sea at Newport Bay, seen from Dinas Head in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales.
History

Medieval Wales and Its Relations with England

November 6, 2020

During the Middle Ages, the political landscape of Wales was complicated due to its peculiar geographical features. The relationship between Wales and its wealthier neighbor, England, was also affected by this geography. The country was mostly divided among various rulers, but there were occasional cases when the country was under a dominant hegemony. […]

Group of Vikings are floating on the sea on Drakkar with mountains in the background.
History

The Viking Presence and Influence in Scotland

October 19, 2020

The Scottish communities were quite diverse before the Vikings reached there. The Vikings settled in many parts of Scotland and spread their influence over a long stretch of time. The most important of these regions was the Isle of Man. […]

Old wooden Viking boat on seashore in Norwegian nature.
History

The Influence of Vikings on Irish Politics

October 19, 2020

During centuries of coexistence with the Irish, the Vikings had a dynamic presence in various aspects of life in this region. They even made their way into politics after they converted to Christianity. The Vikings formed alliances with the Irish kings, the most notable alliance was made with Brian Ború, a provincial king. […]

Vikings ships sailing in the stormy ocean.
History

The Impact of Vikings on Celtic-Speaking Regions

October 19, 2020

The Vikings take their name from their occupation, not their ethnicity. Through the raids on British and Irish regions, they left mixed impressions on various aspects of people’s lives. These impacts were both violent and peaceful. […]

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