This set of six stamps produced by the Isle of Man Post Office is devoted to an event millennium ago which changed the course of history for nations around the Irish Sea. This exact even is connected with the Battle of Clontarf, in which the king of Ireland Brian Boru fought with the Norse who controlled the powerful trading port of Dublin and were eager to extend their influence all around the country.
The peak of this is considered to be a battle that took place on Good Friday, 23 April 1014. Although a lot of Irish people were killed, the Irish army succeeded to stop an offence of Norse that really hoped to conquer Ireland. This significant event was commemorated by a set of dynamic paintings of Victor Ambrus. Famous as the illustrator featured on Channel 4 archaeology series Time Team, Victor brings his unique style to a series of stamps which chart the story of the battle.
According to the info got by StampNews.com, Victor Ambrus is also involved in designing stamps, having worked with Royal Mail, the Jersey Post Office and being well-known for having created Viking stamps in 2008. The set is available in mint condition as 15-stamp sheets, part of one of our highly-collectable First Day Covers and in a Presentation Pack.
The Presentation Pack consists of set of stamps with a highly-illustrated four-sided mini-folder featuring the text by writer and broadcaster Dr Howie Firth. Dr Firth’s words can also be found on the illustrated information card which accompanies the First Day Cover.