The Siege of Londonderry - Ireland - 1689

The French and Irish forces of Catholic King James II set siege to the supporters of the Protestant King William III, in the city of Londonderry.

The Siege of Londonderry was a pivotal point in world history. The defence of that city and the events surrounding it, marked the end of the era of absolutist Monarchy and bolstered the fledging concept of Parliamentary Democracy. Its story is fascinating.

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The story of the Siege - It was the last great siege in British history. For 105 days in 1689 untrained...

What people ate - The inhabitants of the city had been laying up supplies for months before the siege

What people wore - The only textiles commonly available for clothing and bedding in the 17th century were wool, hemp and linen