Guerrillas and Garrisons

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:
Guerrillas and Garrisons

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Glyn Dŵ's revolt was primarily a guerrilla war; but during the years of success he and his fellow leaders were able to muster much larger forces. Reports regarding contemporary figures, often based on hysterical reports, need of course to be taken with a very large pinch of salt; but they do register clearly that by 1403, and at the height of the military season, Owain was able to command very substantial forces. There are at least two reasons which help explain why the English authorities took so long to quell the revolt. One arose out of the structure of governmental authority in Wales. The other explanation for the inadequacy of the English government's response to the Welsh revolt was not peculiar to Wales but rather was a general feature which bedevilled Henry IV's rule, especially in the first half of his reign — a desperate shortage of cash.

Keywords: Owain Glyn Dŵr; Wales; rebellion; revolt; rebel forces; guerrillas; Henry IV

Chapter.  17164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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