Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Gormlaith

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Gormlaith
b. circa 960, County Kildare, Ireland; d. 1030, Ireland

Gormlaith (Gormflaith) became the third wife of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. When he later divorced her, she sought revenge. She encouraged her son from a previous marriage to seek the support of the Danes, a northern Germanic tribe, and they invaded Ireland on April 23, 1014, in a conflict known as the Battle of Clontarf. Gormlaith survived the battle and died sixteen years later.

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