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English and Irish noble connections played out in Dublin much as they did in London—at times harmonious, at times violently contentious. Founded by Vikings in the ninth century, Dublin  was always an international settlement, and it became the de facto capital of the island by the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion in the late twelfth century. This first "English" conquest established intimate connections—by blood, marriage, and alliance—between nominally "English" and nominally "Irish" aristocracy. By the late Tudor period, the descendants of these two groups had become the "Old English" and "native Irish" (or "Gaels") respectively, and both were predominantly Catholic. The Tudor reconquest then introduced a (mostly Protestant) "New English" interest to this mingled society and thereby added a new level of complexity to cosmopolitan Dublin and the rest of the country.

Derricke. Image of Ireland. London, 1581

Elizabeth I. Letter of command from Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Sidney. Manuscript, 4 November 1568

Lodowick Bryskett. A discourse of civill life. London, 1606

William Wynne Ryland. Sir Philip Sidney. Engraving, 18th century

Richard Stanyhurst. Harmonia seu catena dialectica. London, 1570

Thomas Stukeley. The famous historye of the life and death of Captaine Thomas Stukeley. London, 1605

John Derricke. The image of Irelande. London, 1581

Edmund Campion. Two histories of Ireland. Dublin, 1633

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