Possible Viking Scenario re Ireland/Britain.

Apr 2019
103
Ireland
#1
If the Norse or Danes who began their incursions in the late 8th Century found in Ireland a smaller number of political entities similar to the Anglo-Saxon and remaining British Kingdoms in Britain, what possible futures could have developed in regard to the British Isles and Europe as a whole?
 
Sep 2012
1,022
Tarkington, Texas
#2
Why do you think the Irish were different than the Anglo Saxons. Ireland had the traditional kingdoms such as Ulster, Meath, Connaugh and Munster. Each was divided into Tribes/Clans. Brian Boru unified all these under himself in spite of Vikings in ports along the Irish coast. Scotland and Wales were set up in similar fashion.

Pruitt
 
Sep 2012
1,022
Tarkington, Texas
#3
Why do you think the Irish were different than the Anglo Saxons? Ireland had the traditional kingdoms such as Ulster, Meath, Connaugh, Leinster and Munster. Each was divided into Tribes/Clans. Brian Boru unified all these under himself in spite of Vikings in ports along the Irish coast. Scotland and Wales were set up in similar fashion.

Pruitt
 
Apr 2019
103
Ireland
#4
Ireland was different. The traditional kingdoms that you mention had many sub-kingdoms with tribal chiefs forming patchworks of alliances and conducting raids on each other, competing for overlordship. There was no central authority and few towns of any note. The title of High King was very much ephemeral for most people who held it. Brian Boru did manage to achieve this title, however his rivals were always active trying to unseat him.