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The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords, and Princes

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"When Edward I's troops forced the destruction of Dafydd ap Gruffudd in 1283 they brought to an end the line of truly independent native rules in Wales that had endured throughout recorded history. In the early middle ages Wales was composed of a variety of independent kingdoms with varying degrees of power, influence and stability, each ruled by proud a
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Paperback, Third Revised Edition (15 January 2006), 240 pages
Published 2011 by The History Press (first published October 1st 2000)
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Liam Guilar
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-queens
Essential for anyone interested in this period of Welsh history. Helpful in sorting out your
Llewelyn Ap Iorwerth from your Gruffudd Ap Llewelyn.

Perhaps not a book you'd read cover to cover for entertainment, but a thorough reference for the subject.
Carl Finch
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book enjoyable enough, however there are many other books that provide a better account of the Welsh princes than this.
Morgan Dhu
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Welsh Kings


In The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords and Princes, historian Kari Maund offers a rich and detailed summary of the complex political and military history of mediaeval Wales from the end of Roman rule to the defeat of Llewelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales. Maund's book is narrowly focused, with no attention paid to the cultural, social, economic or religious history of Wales; it is rather, as one reviewer notes, "a journey through the endless dynastic infighting of
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Evy
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but it is not for the faint of heart. It is a comprehensive look at the "kings" of Wales. It discusses when they ruled, who they fought, when they died and then who took over, for many similarly named Welshmen. You get a good understanding of why wales has so many castles (over 400) and why the Welsh and English did not get along. Great read for a historian but would not recommend for the average history buff.
Karen Floyd
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I thought it was a bit dry. And I had hoped for more on the earliest Welsh kings, though to be fair, there isn't much documentary evidence concerning them. All the same, it was a valuable look at the history of Wales.
Susan
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than a lot of history books but it still had gaps, possibilities & probabilities.
Thought I'd re-read this especially as there are a lot of people who dispute there ever were any Welsh kings
Matt Kelland
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Definitely one for the historians - not a casual read. It'll be useful if I ever need it for reference, but not something I'd recommend for pleasure.
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Dr Kari Maund lectures and writes on the medieval history of the Celtic countries. As Kari Sperring, she also writes fiction.