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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.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 27th, 2024 at 09:15:04 PM EST
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