The conqueror of the north john de courcys campaigns in medieval ulster michael sheane on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers john de courcy came to ireland in 1170 as a young landless adventurer seeking honour and glory ready to fight and to conquer and fight he did. The conqueror of the north john de courcys campaigns in medieval ulster by michael sheane 9780722348260 available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Born around ad 1150 john de courcy was a minor member of a somerset family with important connections in the north of england described by the chronicler gerald of wales as fair haired and tall with bony and sinewy limbs and possessing immense bodily strength de courcy served henry ii . John de courcy of stoke courcy in somerset came to ireland around the year 1171 as part of the norman invading forces brought in by one of two feuding minor irish kings dermot macmurrough of leinster and tiernan orourke of breifne. The story of john de courcys defeat of the french champion and his winning the privilege to remain covered in the presence of the king appears in chapter 12 of mark twains the prince and the pauper in his book saint patricks town anthony m wilson said about john de courcy
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