The Story of Ireland is a clear-eyed and expansive view of the history of the island and its people from its earliest times to the present day. In this episode, Fergal Keane examines how the huge upheavals of Europe in the Middle Ages altered the story of Ireland irrevocably. Beginning with the Anglo Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, he investigates how the Normans changed Irish life and why Gaelic Kings initially welcomed an English ruler. But it is also the story of an incomplete conquest. The English Crown only finally moves to impose its will in Ireland after the Protestant reformation places Ireland in the forefront of religious war.

Film Duration: 58 min