Ireland 1518

This is a fascinating account of a Habsburg visit to Ireland in 1518. As a result of a storm Archduke Ferdinand, who subsequently succeeded his brother Charles as emperor in 1558, was forced to land in Kinsale. He and his delegation spent four days in the town and its vicinity. The account of the visit is part of a longer narration of a journey to Spain and the return to the Low Countries written in French by a royal servant called Laurent Vital. A translation of the storm-hit return leg is provided here. The highlight is without doubt the sojourn in Kinsale from Sunday 6th to Wednesday the 9th of June.

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