What was the Siege of Smerwick (1580)?

Introduction The Siege of Smerwick took place at Ard na Caithne (known in English as Smerwick, a Norse-derived name meaning ‘Butter-bay’) in 1580, during the Second Desmond Rebellion in Ireland. A force of anywhere from 400 to 700 (accounts vary) Papal freelance soldiers, mostly of Spanish and Italian origin, captured the village but were forced… Read More

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