Viking Assault on Ireland
Lecture no. 17 from the course: The Vikings
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
In 432–433, St. Patrick brought Roman Christianity to Ireland, but not Roman government. So in the Viking Age Ireland possessed great, learned, clan-supported monasteries surrounded by chieftain-led tribes. Norse Vikings devastated the monasteries, dominated the river systems and coastal ports, and co-opted local chieftains, transforming Ireland into a hub for the slave trade to Muslim Spain.