The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles

November 2014
6 black and white illustrations
290 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781903153550
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS015000, LIT011000

The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles

Alicia Marchant

An examination of the portrayal of one of the most important uprisings in the middle ages in subsequent history writing.
The revolt of Owain Glyndwr (1400-c.1415) was a remarkable event in both English and Welsh contexts, and as such was narrated by a number of chroniclers, including Adam Usk, John Capgrave, Thomas Walsingham and Edward Halle. They offer a range of perspectives on the events, as well as portrayals of the main characters (especially, of course, Glyndwr himself), the communities involved, and Wales.
This book studies the representations of the revolt in English chronicles, from 1400 up to1580. It focuses on the narrative strategies employed, offers a new reading of the texts as literary constructs, and explores the information they present.

Alicia Marchant is a Research Associate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Imagining Owain Glyndwr and the Welsh Rebellion: English Medieval Chronicles in Context
'As you shalle heare': the Role of the Narrator
'Eo tempore': Chronological Structure and Representations of Time
'Ay in hilles and in mounteynes': Spatial Structure and Representations of Space
'With praies and bloudy handes returned again to Wales': Imagining Individuals in the Narratives of the Revolt
'Barefooted Buffoons': Imagining the Welsh in the Narratives of the Revolt
'That bareine, vnfertile and depopulate countrey': Imagining Wales in the Narratives of the Revolt
Conclusions: A Multiplicity of Voices: Reading the Narratives of the Welsh Revolt
Appendix: Translations


A reflective and thoughtful analysis that reminds us of the value of taking a fresh approach to well-known sources... this is an impressive, welcome, and stimulating contribution to the study of chronicle sources. PARERGON

A useful resource ... There is no doubt that this book adds to our understanding of the wide range of perspectives with which Glyndwr's revolt was depicted in English chronicles of the late medieval period. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

[A] valuable addition to a considerable body of scholarship on both medieval English chronicles and the Welsh rebellion. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

Not only highlights the enduring impact of the Glyndwr revolt on historical writing in late medieval and early modern England but reveals in unprecedented depth how the accounts of the revolt were constructed in the works under consideration. SEHEPUNKTE

Alicia Marchant has enriched our understanding of chronicles-both the techniques used in them and the role they play in their societies-and of English views of Glyndwr and his rebellion as attitudes developed over time. . . . She has provided a work that should be of interest to scholars working on any set of chronicles as well as to those interested more specifically in the literature and history of medieval England or Wales. SPECULUM