Irish Chieftains

Detail from Daniel Maclise, 'The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife', 1854
Daniel Maclise, 'The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife', 1854

The defeated and subdued Irish chieftains are depicted as prisoners, lined up behind Dermot MacMurrough, with thick metal collars and chains around their necks. They look on, with sad expressions, as the wedding ceremony takes place.