Owain Glyndwr

31 Jan, 2019 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life of the Welsh nobleman, also known as Owen Glendower, who began a revolt against Henry IV in 1400 which was at first very successful. Glyndwr (c1359-c1415) adopted the title Prince of Wales and established a parliament and his own foreign policy, until he was defeated by the future Henry V. Owain Glyndwr escaped and led guerilla attacks for several years but was never betrayed to the English, disappearing without trace.

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  • Huw Pryce 2 episodes
    Professor of Welsh History at Bangor University
  • Helen Fulton 3 episodes
    Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Bristol
  • Chris Given-Wilson No other episodes
    Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews

Reading list

  • The Rise and Fall of Owain Glyndwr: England, France and the Welsh Rebellion in the Late Middle Ages
    Gideon Brough (I. B. Tauris, 2016) Google Books →
  • Owain Glyn Dwr, Prince of Wales
    R. R. Davies (Y Lolfa, 2011) Google Books →
  • The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr
    R. R. Davies (Oxford University Press, 1995) Google Books →
  • Conquest, Coexistence and Change: Wales 1063-1415
    R. R. Davies (Oxford University Press, 1987) Google Books →
  • Henry IV
    Chris Given-Wilson (Yale University Press, 2016) Google Books →
  • King and Country: England and Wales in the Fifteenth Century
    Ralph A. Griffiths (Continnuum-3PL, 1991) Google Books →
  • National Redeemer: Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition
    Elissa R. Henken (University of Wales Press, 1996) Google Books →
  • Owain Glyndwr: A Casebook
    Michael Livingston and John K. Bollard (eds.) (Liverpool University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • Owen Glendower: Owain Glyn Dwr
    J. E. Lloyd (Clarendon Press, 1931) Google Books →
  • The Welsh Church: From Conquest to Reformation
    Glanmor Williams (University of Wales Press, 1976) Google Books →
  • The Last Days of Owain Glyndwr
    Gruffydd Aled Williams (Y Lolfa, 2017) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, on September the 16th, 1400, Owain Glyndwr's supporters gathered in the valley of the River Dee where they proclaimed him Prince of Wales.