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THE BOYNE’S TROUBLED LEGACY

“CONTRARY TO POPULAR PERCEPTIONS THE BOYNE WAS FAR FROM BEING AN ALMOST EXCLUSIVE CLASH BETWEEN IRISH CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS”

No other battle from the War of the Grand Alliance has such an emotive and controversial reputation today than the Boyne. One historian wrote in 2000 that William III’s victory was “a minor military triumph, but a landmark in British affairs as well as a continuing landmine in Irish history.”

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