The First Prince of Wales?

Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, 1063-75

Sean Davies

The First Prince of Wales?

Sean Davies

Distributed for University of Wales Press

176 pages | 11 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781783169368 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Bleddyn ap Cynfyn was a Welsh king who ruled over Gwynedd and Powys in the eleventh century. He was at the heart of the events that forged Britain before, during, and after the Norman Conquest of 1066, one of its most significant historical periods. 

The First Prince of Wales? offers important new context for those events through which Bleddyn strove to recreate the kingdom of Wales—though outside pressures and internal intrigues meant his successors would compete, ultimately, to rule only a principality. By exploring Bleddyn’s ambitions, Sean Davies gives a new, wider perspective on one of the most tumultuous and formative periods in English history.
 
Review Quotes
Ralph Griffiths, Swansea University
“Davies’s book provides a fresh, bold, and persuasive account of Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, king of Gwynedd and Powys and with ambitions to rule more widely in Wales. In six succinct and clearly written chapters, he skilfully deploys a range of often difficult sources to reassess the king’s place in the turbulent politics of the mid-eleventh century.”
 
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