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A rose by any other name ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Good old Shakespeare. He's definitely worth reading, although I can understand why you don't - all those thee's and thou's. My advice is to study a summary of the play before you attempt to read it, so you have an idea of what's going on. Personally, I love Macbeth. Set in 11th century Scotland, it's a tale of one man's descent into hell. Great stuff.

Now what, I hear you ask, is all this to do with Young Eagle Rising? You'd be surprised.

For most of Shakespeare's life, Elizabeth I was on the throne. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (remember her - she had her head chopped off?). Now, when Elizabeth died in 1603, she was succeeded by James I (BTW he was also James VI of Scotland). Anyway, there were grumblings in Ireland, a country long since conquered by England. James feared an uprising. So, what did he do? He decided the only way to deal with Catholic Ulster, was to introduce some Scottish Protestants as a means of civilising Ulster, which was extremely resistant to English control. This became known as the Plantation of Ulster - not a plantation of trees, but of people.

Newtown-Limavady (now simply known as Limavady) is an old plantation town, therefore already in existence by the 1700's which meant I could use it as William's hometown.

There we are, got there in the end.

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