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Edward I's Conquest of Wales (Hardback)

Military P&S History > British History World History > UK & Ireland > Wales

By Dr Sean Davies
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781473861664
Published: 25th September 2017



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Edward I’s conquest of Wales was a key formative event in the history of Britain, but it has not been the subject of a scholarly book for over 100 years. Research has advanced since then, changing our perception of the medieval military mind and shining fresh light on the key characters involved in the conquest. That is why Sean Davies’s absorbing new study is so timely and important. He takes a balanced approach, giving both the Welsh and English perspectives on the war and on the brutal, mistrustful and ruthless personal motives that drove events.

His account is set in the context of Welsh warfare and society from the end of Rome to the time of Edward’s opening campaign in the late thirteenth century. The narrative describes in vivid detail the military history of the conflict, the sequence of campaigns, Welsh resistance, Edward’s castle building and English colonization and the cost of the struggle to the Welsh and the English – and the uneasy peace that followed.

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Cardiff Times, December 2017

A stunning examination of Edward I's campaign to subdue and tame the Welsh - it's well known that Edward had all those fantastic castles built in Wales, but the various campaigns are exained in minute detail - this is an important and scholarly work that looks at this phase of Eward's reign in greater detail than ever before. Brilliant.

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About Dr Sean Davies

Dr Sean Davies has studied medieval warfare and the history of Wales for over twenty years, his research earning him a degree, Masters and PhD from the University of Wales. He has published extensively on the subjects, his books including War and Society in Medieval Wales and The Last King of Wales. Sean was born and bred in the valleys of south Wales and lived in Swansea and the borderlands of mid Wales before settling in Cardiff. He was a BBC journalist for over twelve years and now works as a writer and editor.

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