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The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords And Princes Paperback – 1 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 3Rev Ed edition (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752429736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752429731
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.9 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maund is Lecturer in Medieval Welsh History at Cardiff University.


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This paperback from Welsh historian Kari Maund covers a huge swathe of time. Its seven chapters progress chronologically from legendary fifth century King Vortigern right up to 1283 when Dafydd ap Gruffudd's force was destroyed by the troops of Edward I of England. It is a comfortable read, limiting itself to the major events and protagonists, and not getting into any wild speculative conjecture on their motives or mindset which some other authors can sometimes do.

As might be expected, there is a greater abundance of corroborating material to support the later activities, and Kari Maund is careful to point out where tales have insufficient evidence to support them. While this candid approach is helpful, at times it becomes a little annoying and repetitive. The basic assumptions seem somewhat wrong to this reader - although there may indeed, as suggested, have been political machinations at work when certain ancient histories were written down by medieval scribes, it surely is also a possibility that they were authentic accounts made by diligent and impartial record-keepers. The presence of certain histories in only one ancient manuscript and not elsewhere, rather than being cause for questioning their reliability, might be because nobody would have felt a need to replicate an existing source. Ultimately however, having taken this approach does mean that the account of the Welsh Kings is as thorough as can be reliably sourced for a small volume, plus there is a reasonable bibliography for those who wish to explore some of the material in greater depth. This book contains more than 50 illustrations, all in black and white, some of which are photographs and others are the author's line drawings made at key locations. There are also some useful maps and family tree charts.
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I enjoyed reading this although as someone with a Welsh heritage I found it sad that the Welsh princes could not find enough common ground to stick together and make a united Wales. I was fascinated with the link to the Irish princes and did not remember this from my school days. I was a little frustrated with some of the suggested/perhaps happenings when there was no evidence to support it but apart from this I loved the book.
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This is a tremendous book for those who would appreciate the extraordinary strengths and weaknesse of the Welsh nation as it struggled through history against huge, implacable enemies. There are lovely illustrations throughout, hand drawn by the author's mother. Highly recommended; all Welsh people should read it because it illustrates well how our downfall can be attributed to a lack of unity through the ages, still visible today.
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Thank you a wery good read and well out together. I know more about my own countrey
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Love this book, great coverage of the Kings!
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