The Concept of Control in the Siege of Enniskillen

  • 2014

The Concept of Control in the Siege of Enniskillen

Author:
Anthony Lozano
Abstract:

Geography largely determined the success or failure of early modern amphibious operations. The castle Enniskillen, situated at the water's edge of a large, lacustrine system, took advantage of both the surrounding lake and riverine environments as a measure against attack, forming an entirely unique defensive system of warfare. On the other hand, the same lacustrine system made it possible for English forces to conduct siege and assault, both from the landward position and from waterways. Whosoever controlled the water also gained the decisive advantage, a feature lacking in Irish warfare along this unique amphibious environment. As this paper concludes, control of the amphibious environment in early modern warfare determined the victor.