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Survival and Recrimination

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205081.003.0011
Survival and Recrimination

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Hindsight is the besetting sin of the historian. Nowhere is it, perhaps, more pernicious in its impact than when discussing a war or a revolt. Chaos is turned into order at the stroke of the historian's pen; isolated and unrelated episodes are arranged into neat causal patterns; lines of development and crucial turning-points are perceived with a clarity and confidence denied to contemporaries. The revolt of Owain Glyn Dŵr is no exception. Therefore, it behoves us to try to reconstruct as best we can the way contemporaries responded to the revolt and likewise to re-create what the experience of the revolt meant for them.

Keywords: Owain Glyn Dŵr; Wales; revolt; rebellion; hindsight

Chapter.  15055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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