Episode 158: Planting Seeds

In the mid-1500s, England attempted to expand its influence in Ireland by establishing plantations there. This same process would soon be applied to North America. In this episode, we explore those early attempts at Irish colonization and England’s first encounters with the region of Florida. We also examine the connection between these events and efforts during this period to make English spelling more phonetic and consistent.

Transcript: Episode 158

10 thoughts on “Episode 158: Planting Seeds

  1. The Planter’s Daughter by Austin Clarke

    When night stirred at sea
    And the fire brought a crowd in,
    They say that her beauty
    Was music in mouth
    And few in the candlelight
    Thought her too proud,
    For the house of the planter
    Is known by the trees.

    Men that had seen her
    Drank deep and were silent,
    The women were speaking
    Wherever she went –
    As a bell that is rung
    Or a wonder told shyly,
    And O she was the Sunday
    In every week.

  2. Interesting you say that the ‘English’ invaded Ireland yet the English were hardly in charge in their own land. More correctly you should say that it was the ‘French’ House of Anjou and their empire which England was a part of at that time.
    I would contend that England would not consider itself one country until the loss of Calais under the reign of Queen Mary

    • Sorry, I replied without getting my facts straight. Henry ll was king, a Plantagenet, born in France 1154 and died there in 1189. Im sure English men took part. But at that time they would be subject to their masters’ will. The master would quite likely be Norman and consider their allegiance to the throne and not England.
      I think that England as an identity was not really formed until Elizabeth l was on the throne. Following the loss of Calais during the reign of her sister Mary. I do feel that William Shakespeare underlined this wish for unity of a kingdom in his (John of Gaunt) speech ‘This sceptre isle’.
      But that is just my thoughts on the concept of English as a national identity.
      I started listening a long time ago an I wait avidly every month for the next episode. Reminds me of being a child and the expectation of the next issue of my weekly comic to arrive on the doormat 😉
      Thanks Kevin

    • Hi Sara. I have added the transcript of the episode. The transcript includes citations for all written resources used in the episode. I hope that helps.

  3. Thank you for all the time you put into preparing these episodes. I feel smarter after listening. Keep up the great work

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