The Assimilation of England and Wales

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

The Assimilation of England and Wales

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As far as Wales was concerned, the first phase of Henry VIII’s reign came to an end in 1525. Henry had conferred for life the key office of justice and chamberlain of South Wales to Walter Devereux, Lord Ferrers. This decision to appoint him and not Rhys ap Gruffyd was interpreted as a snub to the most powerful family in south-west Wales. A serious outbreak of violence occurred in the royal ‘capital’ of south Wales, Carmarthen, between Lord Ferrers and Rhys ap Gruffyd. Rhys ap Gruffyd was accused of plotting to kill Henry VIII and was executed. The controversies over the effects of Henrician policy centre on the issue of whether or not the price paid by the Welsh in terms of cultural losses has been too crippling in return or any material or political benefits conferred.

Keywords: Henry VIII; Walter Devereux; Rhys ap Gruffyd; Carmarthen; Lord Ferrers

Chapter.  12434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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