Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
"We can't have that EU Papist conspiracy and the Irish lording it over us.

I had never thought of the EU as Catholic or Irish!"

said the protestants, too much
by Cat on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 06:22:36 PM EST


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 09:11:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The never-ending Battle of the Boyne

King James's army (roughly 24,000 men) contained about 7,000 Frenchmen. And there were Catholics and Protestants on both sides.

Moreover, the Boyne wasn't a decisive military encounter. In fact, and I discovered this, foolishly, after I had begun writing the novel, it wasn't even a particularly important battle, in the wider scheme of things.

Compared to the massive conflicts in mainland Europe between Louis XIV, the despotic Sun King, and, well, everyone else - the Dutch, the Austrians, the English, the Spanish, the Holy Roman Empire, the Duchy of Savoy, etc (known as the Nine Years' War or the War of the League of Augsburg), the Boyne was a relatively unimportant sideshow.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 09:15:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Dutch and British were allies ... unless they were in a war with one another. At the time of the American Revolution, the Dutch and French were with Washington and the rebellion.

This seven-year period launched John Quincy Adams' (JQA) extraordinary life of public service, brought him to maturity, and marked the way for his professional and personal future. His appointments at The Hague and Berlin, at a critical time in European history, provided indispensable training and knowledge that would serve to make him the preeminent American diplomat of the first quarter of the nineteenth century. His courtship and marriage to Louisa Catherine Johnson (LCA) in 1797 ushered in a new phase of his life and the concomitant pleasures and responsibilities of being a husband and father.


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 09:16:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
As historic reference, President Charles De Gaulle and Dutch FM Joseph Luns never some eye to eye on the challenge of the United Kingdom joining the EEC.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 09:17:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series