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By Glanmor Williams

Set opposed to the history of populist uprising, this paintings information the interesting and romantic episodes within the lifetime of Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh chief who defied the entire efforts of King Henry IV and his robust armies for 15 years whereas trying to unfastened the Welsh humans.

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Its most remarkable feature may well have been stained glass windows, compared by Iolo Goch with those of St Patrick’s church in Dublin. Nearby, were a church, stables, pigeon-house, deer-park, orchards, fish-pond, rabbit-warren, and heronry; and all around lay ‘smiling green meadows and hayfields, and neatly cultivated cornfields’. Its tables were never short of ‘good white bread and meat’ nor its cellars of wine and the ‘firstbrewed Shrewsbury beer’. Generous and openhanded, Owain and Margaret welcomed all to their inviting hearth.

These acts did not go far enough to please the lords of the March, whose help the king would urgently require to put down the Welsh. They pressed him to issue further ordinances which tried to ensure that the castles in Wales and on the border were securely guarded, that the Welsh might not meet together in any number, and that bards and other ‘vagabonds’ should be restrained. These measures affected all Welsh people to some degree, but they were intended as an especially severe warning to the uchelwyr of the dangers of disloyalty.

It was destroyed by Prince Henry (later Henry V) in a punitive raid of 1403 and was never rebuilt. Not a great deal is known about Owain’s father, Gruffudd, who died when still a young man, or of his immediate ancestors. They had been content to live a quiet life as country squires and had played no very outstanding part in the history of Wales. Earlier princes of Powys throughout the Middle Ages had found themselves in an unenviable situation. They were pressed between the princes of Gwynedd, whom they envied and mistrusted, and the kings of England, whom they feared and tried to placate.

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