Rise & Fall Of Owain Glyndwr by Brough Gideon
Owain Glyn Dwr is one of the great figures of Welsh and military history. Initially a loyal subject of the king of England he reluctantly took up arms against the Crown he had served. Once committed to rebellion he proved surprisingly talented at leading rebel troops against a theoretically vastly superior enemy. Not solely a warrior he conceived and implemented a strategy which saw his small poorly-equipped forces repeatedly defeat Crown troops and bring down the apparatus of governance in Wales. Following these achievements he held native parliaments and established diplomatic contact with surrounding powers. This led to a treaty with France after the conclusion of which he welcomed French forces to Welsh soil to campaign with the rebels. In brief Owain erected a rebel state and won international recognition. Owain's foreign support was fractured by the intrigues of exceptionally talented English diplomats at work in the French court. This created an environment which allowed Crown forces to concentrate on defeating the rebellion in Wales.Although ultimately unsuccessful Owain emerges from the era as a gifted and honourable leader giving the Welsh a figure commonly recalled as a hero.