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Owain’s Revolt? Glyn Dŵr’s role in the outbreak of the rebellion

Brough, Gideon 2015. Owain’s Revolt? Glyn Dŵr’s role in the outbreak of the rebellion. SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation 2 (1) , pp. 1-30. 10.18573/share.5

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This article asserts that Owain Glyn Dŵr was neither the instigator nor, initially, the sole leader of the revolt for which he has become well known. It also challenges the idea that there was just one rebellion and casts doubt on the notion that he proclaimed himself Prince of Wales on 16 September 1400. The familiar version of the outbreak of the revolt was popularised by John Lloyd in 1931 and then furthered by certain of Rees Davies's later works. Their influential writings have provided a compelling illustration of the events in question and no secondary analyses notably disagree. However, their works primarily focus on the deeds of Glyn Dŵr and so largely ignore or dismiss the other acts of violence in Wales between 1399 and 1401, which were unconnected to Owain. In contrast, consideration of the other revolts described by contemporary sources enables a different understanding of the beginning of the revolt. Owain did eventually become the head of the rebel movement in Wales but, in the early years of the conflict, the situation was more complex than has previously been presented. This article details those other acts of rebellion and contextualises Glyn Dŵr's actions within contemporary events.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2055-4893
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 September 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 06:38

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