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The First Prince of Wales?

Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, 1063-75

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.

176 pages | 11 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016

History: European History

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“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.”

Ralph Griffiths, Swansea University

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