Defender of Peace
Firebombs whizzed past the ears of local people and hundreds of houses were set on fire during the British Navy’s bombardment of the city in 1807. Locals fled from their homes and many sought shelter in the Round Tower, which quickly filled up with people and whatever possessions they were able to bring with them. The Tower and Trinity Church were hit several times, but suffered very little damage. The story goes that one bomb landed right in the middle of the Library, which housed the University’s precious books and documents. The bomb tore the corner off a book entitled Defensor Pacis – Defender of the Peace.