Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Stephanie Mann discusses the bloody siege on that dark day in Irish history.
According to the conventions of 17th century warfare, a besieged city that refused a summons to surrender and was then taken by storm could expect no mercy. Cromwell regarded the massacre at Drogheda as a righteous judgment on the Catholics who had slaughtered Protestant settlers in the Irish Uprising of 1641, a view that was probably shared by most Protestants at the time. He also considered that the example of Drogheda would serve as a warning to other garrisons in Ireland to surrender rather than risk a similar fate, thus preventing bloodshed in the long run. However, the massacre of Drogheda left an indelible stain on Cromwell's reputation. It has lived on in Irish folk memory, making his name into one of the most hated in Irish history. (Read entire post.)


1 comment:

lara77 said...

Cromwell has to be one of the most vile creatures in all British history. The innocents that were butchered under his command reminds me of the savages in France who ran the "Committe for Public Safety." So many lives taken by truly evil men; men without compassion or even a shred of decency. No wonder in Ireland the dislike and distrust of the English still remains in place.