A social history of ancient Ireland by P. W. Joyce

By P. W. Joyce

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There were the same broad lakes, like inland seas, and foxes : that still remain now : but they were generally larger then than and they were surrounded with miles of reedy morasses lakes and marshes tenanted everywhere by vast flocks of cranes, wild geese, wild swans, and other fowl. Kites and golden eagles skimmed over the plains and the goshawks, or falcons, peering down for prey they are ; : ; used in the old game of hawking, were found in great abundance. A person traversing those parts of the country that were inhabited found no difficulty in getting from place to place for there were roads and bridle-paths everywhere, ; rough indeed, and not to be compared with the roads of Fig.

The be noticed in the proper in this book. The Romans never places exceptions will set foot in Ireland ; slight extent, either though their influence was felt to some by direct communication or indirectly through the Britons. The first foreigners to appear as invaders were the Danes, who began their raids about the beginning of the ninth century. Though they harassed the country for about two centuries, and established themit, especially on the coasts, they under subjection and they effected no changes of any consequence in the customs or modes of Next came the Anglo-Normans near the life of the people.

198; Joyce, CHAP. A PRELIMINARY BIRD'S-EYE VIEW II] 2J held the people together for so many centuries, without having a good solid population to work upon. From all these considerations, then, we may conclude that Ireland was well peopled during the period passing this book. under review in CHAPTER II A PRELIMINARY BIRD'S-EYE VIEW reland, from the sixth to the twelfth century of the Christian Era, presented an interesting spectacle, which, viewed through the medium of history, may be sketched in broad outline as follows.

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