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Irish history trivia

Before 1689, only three kings of England had set foot in Ireland during their reign. Can you name then?

Answer: As worked out by parrot_knight and drplokta, the answer is Henry II, John and Richard II.

Henry II visited in 1171 and was proclaimed Lord of Ireland, a title that English kings kept until 1534. He passed the title to his youngest son John in 1177.

John visited Ireland, rather disastrously, in 1185 before he inherited the English throne, but came again with a military expedition in 1210.

Richard II came with a very large military expedition in 1394-95, and then again in 1399, but was overthrown by Henry IV while out of England and died in captivity the following year.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
getawaywithit
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
As a wild guess - Henry VIII, Edward I and Stephen.
nwhyte
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
No, no and no!
parrot_knight
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
Henry II, Richard II, Edward IV?
nwhyte
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Two out of three!!!!!
parrot_knight
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Henry II, John, Richard II, then.
nwhyte
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Yep.
parrot_knight
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
I'd been unsure whether John had only visited Ireland during his father's lifetime; and found that a fugitive memory of a visit to the Pale by Edward IV was a phantom.
drplokta
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
I think your last one is John, and Edward IV is the duffer.
nwhyte
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Yep.
chickenfeet2003
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Tricky! John I'm pretty sure about. I think Edward IV. Maybe Henry III.
nwhyte
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
One out of three!
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