Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland | Why Does Everyone Hate The English?

Al and Andrew visit Ireland to discuss the legacy of Oliver Cromwell.

Each episode of Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English? sees Al partner with a local comedian and proud patriot (Antoine de Caunes in France, Henning Wehn in Germany, Fred MacAulay in Scotland, Elis James in Wales and Andrew Maxwell in Ireland) to explore stories of historic battles, massacres, riots and revolutions that have set the tone for our modern relationships with our closest neighbours. It’s the perfect opportunity to shake hands and make friends… right?

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25 comments

  1. Fuck Cromwell the evil bastard killing people for no other reason that because than they were Catholics I’m english and I always saw him as evil growing up this reinforces my beliefs

  2. I think the potato famine was even worse. In the 19th Century the Potato famine killed 2 million Irish people.

  3. Not like anyone is going to read this, so here goes: as an American protestant, I’m pretty pleased with Charles I being deposed. Say what you want about puritans, but they weren’t three sheets to the wind about their constitutional comportment. Ol’ Charlie though, didn’t seem to care or, have any regard for the English or the Irish. His ridiculous son, as well. Neither had Christian charity, as it were. They were so bad England went on a Winnie the Pooh like expedition to the Dutch….England needed another Drang Nach O(Au)sten, I guess. My own country was greatly influenced by Oliver Cromwell’s leadership (Constitutionalism). His leadership style probably paralleled others like Snorri Sturluson, or even Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli. Cromwell’s brutality against Irish rebellion (as Americans are taught) is well documented, he even put a distant Northern relative of mine to death in America, one Abigail Austin. Am I wrong in thinking much of the real struggle was the differing in theology between Catholics and Protestants? A perennial malaise of the Great Schism, in perpetuity. When you don’t take your own religion or government serious as a leader, Humpty Dumpty has a daisy of a headache.

  4. Noooo… Cromwell campaign used 17th century rules of warfare… Those places who surrendered were treated well.. Ask Liam Dubh O neiil… Also Cromwell left Ireland to be ruled by his son in law Sir Henry Ireton… This was the 17th century… A time that Europe was in the aftermath of the 30 years war a religious final solution… The British Isles were spared that catastrophic war… Cromwell beat his foes in Britain… The Scots at Dunbar and the Royalists at Worcester… His last place to bring peace after the wars of 1639-51 was Ireland… A place with 5/6 armies fighting there and a stronghold of Royalist sympathy… Plus he was a protestant puritan… He viewed Catholicism as a political and religious threat.. Just as the Spanish king and holy roman empire viewed protestantism… This was the 17th century… The terms of war were no quarter… Gustav Adolfus was equally as unrepentant and hard assed… Plus 200 000 sent as indentured Labour I doubt it… We didn’t have the colonies at that time…

  5. AL MURRAY = YOU ARE A DISGRACE REGARDING ALL ASPECTS OF HISTORY. YOU LACK THE 2 VITAL INGREDIENTS = A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE AND NO SENSE OF PROPORTION, THEREFORE, YOU LACK WHAT THE STUDY OF HISTORY IS MEANT TO ATTAIN = WISDOM.

    AL MURRAY, YOU STINK. YOU DON’T CHALLENGE RIDICULOUS HAND ME DOWN OPINIONS. THE PAROCHIAL, PROVINCIAL, TRIBAL NATURE OF IRISH HISTORIANS IS WELL TO THE FORE HERE. YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY MURRAY.

  6. As an Englishman… I grew up hating Cromwell and always had sympathy for Charles I.. So did most of my friends too..

  7. It’s hightime catholics and protestants united under the flag of white christianity and turned their attention to the real enemies: jews and muslims. Both of these groups are out to subvert western society and won’t stop until we are living under sharia or noahide law. They expect submission and with their useful idiot leftists, they have half a chance of getting there. Wake up! #nomorebrotherwars

  8. hope you’ve got the guts to ask the native americans and aborigines the same question?

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