Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ireland Trip: Part 37: King John's Castle Museum & Henry VIII

This is Part 37 of our Ireland trip, the second part of our tour through King John's Castle. Built in the 13th century by King Johns Castle has had a very long and turbulent history. 

  HENRY VIII CONNECTION - Tom is an amateur historian on the English Tudor dynasty history and we found a connection to Henry VIII here. 
Henry VIII display and Tom
There is some debate about why Henry VIII decided to re-conquer Ireland. However the most immediate reason was that the Fitzgerald dynasty of Kildare, who had become the effective rulers of Ireland in the 15th century, had become very unreliable allies of the Tudor monarchs. 
Rob and Henry VIII
A look from the inside of King John's Castle
The funny sign
    In 1536, Henry VIII deposed the Fitzgerald dynasty as Lords Deputies of Ireland (the new Kingdom of Ireland was declared by Henry VIII in 1541) and 1691, when the Irish Catholic Jacobites surrendered at Limerick, confirming British Protestant dominance in Ireland. This is sometimes called the early modern period.

THE SIGN WITH A TWISTED SENSE OF HUMOR - Right after the display about Henry VIII, there were several (fake) heads on pikes, hung on the wall. During Henry's reign, whenever someone was beheaded, they would put their head on a pike on the London Tower Bridge. What I found oddly funny, was just 25 feet away from that display was a sign telling people what direction to walk for the next exhibit. The sign said "Head this Way!" 

OUR SHORT VIDEO: We took a quick video (22 seconds) pan around the castle. It was extremely windy, and you'll hear the wind in this video! 


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next