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Patronage and Power in the Medieval Welsh March

One Family’s Story

An in-depth study of a medieval Welsh family that illuminates the social and political conditions of their time.
 
Patronage and Power in the Medieval Welsh March presents an in-depth account of a single Welsh family from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. Though the family was of obscure and modest origins, the patronage of great lords of the March—such as the Mortimers of Wigmore or the de Bohun earls of Hereford—helped them to become prominent in Wales and the March, and, increasingly over the period, in England. They helped to bring down anyone opposed by their patrons, such as Llywelyn, Prince of Wales in the thirteenth century, or Edward II in the 1320s. In the process, they sometimes faced great danger, but they contrived to prosper, and members of one branch even became Marcher lords themselves. Another branch, meanwhile, was prominent in Welsh and English government, becoming diplomats and courtiers of English kings, and over five generations many achieved knighthood. Their varied and interesting careers and paths through society suggest, David Stephenson argues, that Welsh society of the period may have been more open than is generally supposed. Through the story of this one family, we gain new insight into medieval Wales.

160 pages | 1 figure, 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

History: British and Irish History

Medieval Studies


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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements [To be completed]
Genealogical Chart [To be completed]
Map [To be completed]

Prologue: Crisis at Cefnllys
Chapter 1: Questions of Ancestry
Chapter 2: Diligence, Danger and Distinction: The career of Hywel ap Meurig
Intermezzo: The sons of Hywel ap Meurig
Chapter 3. Philip ap Hywel: Administrative eminence and political peril
Chapter 4: The empire builders: Master Rees ap Hywel and his sons
Chapter 5. Continuity and new directions: Sir Philip Clanvowe
Chapter 6. The last of the line: the later Clanvowes
Chapter 7. Some reflections
Bibliography
Index

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