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2.Plantations in Ireland
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1572

An exploration of the origins of England's troubled relationship with Ireland in the era of Elizabeth 1. (6.25 mins)

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1. The idea of "plantations" in the late 16th century - English seeds taking root in foreign soil.
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2. Plantations in Ireland in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Imposing the Protestant Reformation on Ireland.
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3. Colonizing Ireland with Protestant stock - and comparisons with the colonies in America.
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4. Protestants come to Ireland in their thousands. Planting "Englishness"; planting trouble.

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We filmed this module in Grey Abbey in County Down, Northern Ireland. Dating from 1193, it was the first gothic church in Ireland. It was a Cistercian foundation for three and half centuries, until it was dissolved in 1541 and physically destroyed in the military operations of the Elizabethan era.


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In 1572, Brian O'Neill burnt down Greyabbey in order to stop it being used as a refuge for English colonists trying to settle in the Ards Peninsula. It is currently located within the parkland of Rosemount House, home of the Montgomery family.

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