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The Welsh Braveheart (Hardback)

Owain Glydwr, The Last Prince of Wales

British History Medieval History P&S History Medieval Wales Royal History

By Phil Carradice
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399002653
Published: 23rd February 2022

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Like William Wallace in Scotland, Owain Glyndwr fought for his country and was only finally defeated by superior numbers and the military genius of Henry V. Yet Glyndwr was not just a freedom fighter. He was the last native-born Prince of Wales, a man who initiated the first Welsh parliament at Machynlleth and proposed an entirely independent Welsh church.

Glyndwr also laid plans for two Welsh universities, proposed a return to the far sighted and revolutionary Laws of Hywel Dda and formed a Tripartite Agreement with Henry Percy and Edmund Mortimer. It led to an invasion of England and nearly brought the reign of Henry V to an end.

And yet, despite his success and popularity, Glyndwr's rebellion seriously damaged the Welsh economy with towns destroyed and much agricultural land laid to waste. Even so, he was never betrayed by his people, despite a huge reward being offered for his capture.

Glyndwr refused at least two offers of pardon from the English crown and remains the supreme champion of the underdog.

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About Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian who has published over 80 books. The most recent of these publications are 'Hitler and His Women' and 'A Hundred Years of Spying' (both for Pen & Sword. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio, presents the BBC Radio Wales programme The Past Master. He is a renowned teacher and tutor of creative writing.

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