Battles

brianBoruAt Clontarf on Good Friday, 1014, Brian Boru’s armies confronted the armies of Leinster and Dublin under Máel Morda.
The resulting Battle of Clontarf was a bloody affair, with Brian and his son, Murchad, among those killed, which was not what Brian had planned, at all.
His opponents were Norsemen, both the Norse-Gaels of Dublin and the Norsemen from neighbouring countries.
And so, although the leader was killed, the battle was duly reported by Irish historians as being the routing of the Danes by the Good Brian – the Irishman who wanted to unite his countrymen under his flag.
As ever, life was more complicated than that.

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