Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

Bristol and Ireland in the Middle Ages, Professor Brendan Smyth

On Wednesday November 8, 2023
Prof. Brendan Smyth, Professor of Medieval History, University of Bristol.

The first mention of Bristol in our written records, located in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, refers to it in relation to Ireland. Throughout the medieval period, links between the town and the neighbouring island were strong. Trade was an important element of this relationship and was closely related to political developments that drew Bristol and Ireland more closely together. The conquest of Ireland conducted by King Henry II from 1171 onwards relied heavily on resources of finance and personnel provided by Bristol and for the following three centuries English fortunes across the Irish Sea mirrored Bristol’s relations with its insular neighbour.