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on 7 September 2012
An excellent book accessible to the academic or non-academic likewise. Written by the leading academic on this subject, it should be read by Welsh and English people because of the insight it provides into fifteenth century Welsh history and politics. English people are generally ignorant of Welsh history. Sadly, this is also true of most Welsh people. This is definitely recommended reading.
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on 11 November 2014
I bought this for my husband and he is enjoying reading it as he is interested in Welsh History. Would recommend to any likeminded person .
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on 16 August 2013
R.R.Davies is regarded as the leading authority on Owain Glyn Dwr and his period and this succinct but thorough survey of the Welsh freedom fighter's political and military career certainly supports this reputation. Much is lost of the history of this period when documentary evidence is comparatively fragmentary but Davies's profound knowledge and understanding of the complicated political situation, the relations between England and Wales and the peculiarities of the still often tribal interactions within Wales enables him to make a comprehensible analysis of Glyn Dwr's rapid rise to power, comparatively long period of success and ultimate, perhaps inevitable failure. It is a compelling narrative, recounted in an authoritative but readable style free from academic jargon and can be recommended equally to the student of history and the general reader.
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on 20 February 2014
a welsh hero , even i got stumped trying to pronounce some of the names even though im a welshman , still enjoyed it though
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on 18 May 2015
Easy to read and fascinating account of Glyndwr's revolt. The story could easily be turned into a Hollywood movie.
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on 7 March 2016
Excellent. Well researched by a leading scholar, and well written. Recommended.
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on 26 April 2016
Very good
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on 9 February 2016
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on 15 October 2015
Whilst this was an interesting and readable run through of Glyn Dwr's revolt, the book could better be used by students learning about bias in the writing of history. Full of unevidenced assertions eg "we have no need to believe" the claim that Glyn Dwr had 60 captured soldiers put to death. Eg. "there is no need to swallow the rest of the story" about Glyn Dwr's quarrel with Hywel Sele. Davies may be right, but provide some evidence! Eg. What evidence suggests Glyn Dwr began his rebellion because of his vision rather than personal ambition? It doesn't appear to exist one way or the other. And in any case they are not mutually exclusive. The book is full of pejorative language throughout, presenting a largely (but not completely) uncritical, highly complimentary picture of Glyn Dwr that perhaps was driven more by hero worship than a dispassionate presentation of evidence. .
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