Hibernia

Abbreviated Timeline of Hibernia (Irish) History

The following abbreviated timeline of Hibernia history.  Where this history departs from real world history the text is underlined.

432 St. Patrick and others begin a successful Christian missionary movement in Ireland.

600? The Irish found a village where the Liffey River and a stream called the Poddle join together. This village, which will later become Dublin, was called Dubhlinn or “Black Pool,” from the dark water of a nearby bog. The village was also called Baile Atha Cliath (BALL-ya aw-haw CLEE-aw), or “the Town of the Ford of the Hurdles.”

814 The war against Dav’nalleous begins.

816 The war against Dav’nalleous ends. The Ordo Miscellania is created.

817 The Ordo Miscellania is accepted into the Order of Hermes as House Ex Miscellanea. The Tribunals of Stonehenge, Hibernia, and Loch Leglean are created.

837 Dublin is taken over by Norse settlers who build an earthen fort for their own protection. For the next two centuries Dublin and many areas of Ireland are ruled by Norwegian or Danish monarchs.

950 The first of the round towers is built in Ireland. These are constructed by Irish monks as protection for themselves and their precious artifacts against Norse raiders.

1002 Brian Boru is recognized as High King of the Irish.

1003 The Schism War begins.

1012 The Schism War ends with the defeat of House Díedne. Many Irish Maga were members of these house.

1014 The Irish win the Battle of Clontarf, ending Danish hopes for the conquestof Ireland. The battle kills Brian Boru and his son; for many years Ireland is weakened as nobles fight for the title of High King. Many of the smaller islands remain under the sway of Nordic or Danish rulers.

1038 Sigtryg, a Danish king of Dublin, founds the cathedral of Christ Church.

1098 Brazen Head pub established in Dublin. It will become the longest continuously operating tavern at the same location in Ireland, and is still in business in the 1990’s.

1150 – Present Day

1169 An Anglo-Norman force attempts to captures Waterford and Dublin. But fail in capturing Dublin. For the next 700 years Waterford is the focus of English rule in Ireland. The Normans secure their new territory in Ireland by building many earth and wood fortresses of the motte and bailey types, which were later, replaced by stone castles.

1171 Henry II becomes the first English monarch to attempt invade Ireland. He commands eight thousand soldiers and five hundred knights. Henry has the approval of Pope Adrian IV for the invasion, under the pretense that the Irish people have become corrupt in their faith. However the fleet carrying the troops is sunk by a storm of gigantic proportions. The Order of Hermes is still investigating the exact cause but a number of Irish Maga were suspected.

1172 The Normans build their first and largest stone castle in Ireland at Waterford (Trim). Dublin Castle becomes the center for royal government. An appointed Justiciar who governs from Dublin becomes Ireland’s representative for the English monarchy.

1180 The magnetic compass is imported from China to Europe. Over the next hundred years it comes into common use by navigators. This increases commerce in coastal cities like Dublin.

What might have happened if the English have succeeded in invading?

13th Century The English colony reaches its zenith, but not without causing many political and social problems.  The English church makes war upon the Irish church and declares that God takes no offense when Irishmen are killed. It is written that a member of the English colony can murder a native of Ireland without fear of punishment. The killing of a high-ranking Irish noble at this time is rewarded and honored by the English. Improved agricultural techniques from continental Europe, such as crop rotation and fertilization, bring about a major agricultural revolution. A large number of immigrants from Wales and England come to Ireland because of overcrowding. Many natural wooded areas are put to the ax, for farming and to export wood back to England; many sources of raw vis are destroyed. By 1250, Normans control three fourths of Ireland.