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The Rise and Fall of Owain Glyn D R

Owain Glyn Dwr is one of the great figures of Welsh and military history. Initially a loyal subject of the king of England, he reluctantly took up arms against the Crown he had served. Once committed to rebellion, he proved surprisingly talented at leading rebel troops against a theoretically vastly superior enemy. Not solely a warrior, he conceived and implemented a strategy which saw his small, poorly-equipped forces repeatedly defeat Crown troops and bring down the apparatus of governance in Wales. Following these achievements, he held native parliaments and established diplomatic contact with surrounding powers. This led to a treaty with France, after the conclusion of which, he welcomed French forces to Welsh soil to campaign with the rebels. In brief, Owain erected a rebel state and won international recognition. Owain's foreign support was fractured by the intrigues of exceptionally talented English diplomats at work in the French court. This created an environment which allowed Crown forces to concentrate on defeating the rebellion in Wales.Although ultimately unsuccessful, Owain emerges from the era as a gifted and honourable leader, giving the Welsh a figure commonly recalled as a hero.
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Note on place names and people involvedList of mapsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart One: The Winds of War 1: The Outbreak of Revolt2: Rebels and RisingsPart Two: Rise3: 'Owen ... the Rod of God's Anger'4: Owain, prince5: The Ambitions of the French Courtly FactionsPart Three: Glyn D?r's Diplomacy6: The Alliance of 14047: An Orleanist Coup?8: The Two French Invasions of 1405 9: Invasion and Truce?10: The Pennal DeclarationPart Four: Fall11: English Diplomatic Manoeuvring12: Ailing France, Rising England13: Constance - A Last Stand For Wales?14: Owain's Last Days?ConclusionsNotesSelected Bibliography

About the Author

Gideon Brough attained his doctorate from Cardiff University where, for the past decade, he has taught European History, notably on conflict and diplomacy. His main academic interests are warfare, diplomacy, power relations, geopolitics, insurgencies and identity in western Europe, particularly in France and the nations of the British Isles.


"an original approach to the subject... a very valuable approach, and a new way of perceiving the major themes of medieval British history... As a new work on Owain Glyn Dw DEGREES r and his rebellion, this book presents a new and unexplored aspect of the rebellion and places the work in the wider European context" --Welsh Historical Review

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