Owain Glyn Dŵr

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:
Owain Glyn Dŵr

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The revolt which engulfed Wales in the years after 1400 was assuredly the revolt of Owain Glyn Dŵr. While other local leaders are occasionally mentioned and the rebellion was known as ‘the revolt of the Welsh’, contemporaries, and not least the English government, were not in doubt that this was Owain's revolt. He was its leader and it was his claim that gave it legitimacy. Thus, when the men of Flintshire decided to ‘become rebels’ in August 1403 they were ‘sworn to Owain Glyn Dŵr’, and when the tenants of Dyflryn Clwyd defected to the rebels they became ‘the men of Owain’. Theirs was a revolt built around a cause; but the cause was built in turn around a leader.

Keywords: Owain Glyn Dŵr; Wales; revolt; rebellion; the men of Owain

Chapter.  11063 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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