TODAY IN HISTORY: Vikings Murdered The King Of Ireland | Shakespeare Born And Died On The Same Date

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Vikings Murdered The King Of Ireland

On this day in 1014, Brian Boru, the esteemed High King of Ireland, met his sad end at the hands of retreating Norsemen shortly after his Irish forces secured victory over them.

Brian, who was a clan Prince, took over the throne of the Southern Irish state of Dal Cais in 963, wresting control from the Eoghanacht rulers. He proceeded to assert dominion over all of Munster, expanding his influence over the entire Southern Ireland, and eventually ascending to the position of High King of Ireland in 1002.

Lurgan Ancestry ~ Brian Boru - The Last High King of Ireland

Unlike his predecessors, Brian vehemently opposed the Norse invaders in Ireland, consolidating his rule over most of the country through further conquests. However, tensions with the Norsemen along the Irish coast heightened as Brian’s power grew.

In 1013, Sitric, the king of the Dublin Norse, formed a strong alliance against Brian, comprising Viking warriors from various regions including Ireland, the Hebrides, the Orkneys, and Iceland, alongside soldiers from Brian’s Irish rivals.

On April 23, 1014, on Good Friday, forces led by Brian’s son Murchad clashed with and decisively defeated the Viking coalition at the Battle of Clontarf, near Dublin. In the aftermath of the battle, a small group of retreating Norsemen invaded Brian’s tent, overpowered his guards, and assassinated the old King. While the victory at Clontarf marked the end of Norse power in Ireland, the nation plunged into a period of turmoil following King Brian’s assassination.

Shakespeare Born And Died On The Same Date

On April 23, 1564, the renowned English dramatist and poet, William Shakespeare, was believed to have been born in Stratford-upon-Avon, according to historians’ best estimation. Although the exact date of his birth remains somewhat uncertain, records indicate that he was baptized on April 26, a customary practice that was usually done three days after birth. However, Shakespeare’s death date was confirmed: April 23, 1616 – meaning he was born and died on the same date but in different years. He died at the age of 52, after retiring to Stratford three years earlier.

William Shakespeare: Biography, Playwright, Poet

Despite the extensive performance and analysis of the 38 plays attributed to William Shakespeare, little biographical information about the playwright’s life exists. This scarcity of details was largely due to his social status; he was not born into nobility but was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather trader and town bailiff. Insights into Shakespeare’s early life were derived mainly from official records like baptism and marriage registers. Shakespeare was a wordsmith, a renowned writer, a dramatist par excellence, and a poet whose works still make great waves around the world even centuries after his death……………….S££ MOR£

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