Revolt in Wales 1400–1409

R. R. Davies

in The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dŵr

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205081
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676499 | DOI:
Revolt in Wales 1400–1409

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Owain Glyn Dŵr was proclaimed prince of Wales at his own manor of Glyndyfrdwy on 16 September 1400. The very nature of the proclamation made it clear that this was a premeditated act based on long-festering grievances and an attachment to an ideology of an independent Wales governed by its own native, legitimate ruler. It is clear that the movement of 1400 was carefully planned and co-ordinated among the disaffected leaders of Welsh society in north Wales. For five days, 18–23 September, Owain's supporters attacked English towns in north-east Wales: Ruthin, Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Flint, Holt, Oswestry, and Welshpool. Equally striking, though frequently overlooked, was the outbreak of rebellion in north-west Wales, including in Anglesey, at much the same time. The whole of north Wales was to some degree involved in the rising. But by early 1409 Owain Glyn Dŵr, was no more than a desperate and hunted guerrilla leader. Wales was no longer a society in revolt.

Keywords: Owain Glyn Dŵr; revolt; rebellion; prince of Wales; Anglesey

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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