I used Google Plus to interview an old friend from schooldays to talk about a series of lectures he’s holding next week in the Linen Hall Library on one of the least considered and probably most pivotal moments in the history of Ulster.
Dr Hiram Morgan looks at that critical period that led under the Scots King James the Sixth (First of England) to the thorough plantation of Ulster. It coincides with the rise (and establishment) of a professional political class in the English state.
So Dr Morgan’s lectures start with the adventures (or rather expensive shopping trip) of the elder Essex and goes on to consider the role of Francis Bacon (the inventor of the scientific method) in constructing a robust business plan for the single most thorough plantation in Irish history.
It’s history, in great and granular detail. But as always there’s plenty of scope for considering the lessons we can draw from the past for who we are and how we do business with each other now and in the future.
For details check out these pages at the Linen Hall Library… And if you get along let us know how it goes?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty