Cromwell’s navy in Ireland

Published in Confederate War and Cromwell, Cromwell, General, Issue 5 (Sept/Oct 2011), Letters, Volume 19

Sir,—I’m delighted to see some work being done on the role of navies in Irish history. You and Elaine Murphy are to be congratulated on highlighting a much-neglected topic (‘“Pirates in our channel”: the Cromwellian navy in Ireland, 1649–53’, HI 19.4, July/August 2011). Ireland is an island, but in many works on its history one would imagine that it was connected to Britain by a series of bridges! British naval (and mercantile) power had a profound influence on all aspects of Irish life, but, being out of sight to a large majority of the population, its role and influence tends to be minimalised.—Yours etc.,




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