This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ... A. D. 1240.—The English, masters of all the champaign country, built towers, castles, and forts, and churches. The realm at this time in pace—the chief in his mountains— the priest in his church—the souldier in his garrison —and the plowman at his plow. English and Spanish merchants settle in St. Grellan: charter of staple and murage granted, gate and town wall erected, and castle of stone and lyme builded. The town more English than Irish. The O'Fflaherties come down and scour the place. The O'Briens of the isles make a landing, and carry off greate spoyle. Great plague this yeare; also, upon the neck of it, comes over one Steffano, with the pope's apostolick mandate, requiring the tenth of all moveables, to mantayne his warres with Frederick, Emperor of Alemaine or Gernamie. The lords and laity, as well English as Irish, sayeth, "Nay, we will give the pope no tenths; neither subject our locall possessions to the church of Rome." But the clergie, fearing the bulls of excommunica tion, with grudging yielded; the people sending after their money, bitter Irish curses; they being all driven to the worst, selling their goods to merciless merchants to pay their tenths; their cowes, hackneys, cadoes, cuppes, copes, altar cloths, chalices, and aqua vita. Father Thady Mac Taaf makes hard for the see of St. Grellan, but misses the cushion. The Kyng endeavoures to lay greate taxes on the Irish, to help him in his warres against the Frinch. Great polling and pilling of the Irish, which they could not brooke; so to warre they goe with the English, —the O'Neils of Ulster, O'Briens of Munster, O'Connors of Connaught, and O'Fflahertys of St. Grellan. 1276.—Great slaughter of the Irish this yeare, and spilling of the ould blood—overthrow given to...
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