Medieval Battles: Wales: Volume 2, part 1

This is the second book in the series about Medieval Battles.  It is about the real battles of Wales and its Marches, not fanciful tales of tragedy and melodrama.  The aim is to write the known history of the battles which were fought within the lands known as Wales in the Middle Ages.   To this end the history in this volume is based upon sound translations of original sources where these exist.  Consequently a conscious attempt has been made not to reproduce baseless more modern assertions in this text, although where necessary these assertions are examined to explain why they are wrong and what is more likely to have really happened.  More likely are the correct words to use as events were never clear cut and more than one interpretation of the evidence is always possible.  To better understand the basis for this work it is necessary to read the first volume in this series which looks at broader military issues and the sources used to build up these books.

These works attempt to adhere firmly to facts - facts that can be verified by comparison with original sources - and the value of this original evidence will be examined as to its veracity.  Speculation will occur, as it is simply necessary to make sense of many of the events which have been recorded, but it will be noted as such.  What was obvious to a contemporary might not be so obvious to us hundreds of years later.  Similarly what was reported and written down as history in a monastery might not have been an accurate representation of what had actually happened.

The Battles of Wales is divided into chapters which together cover the struggle for dominance in Wales.  These are designed to be either dipped into separately or read together as a coherent military history of Wales.

The Contents of Medieval Battles: Wales, 1055 to 1216

The Constituent Parts of Wales
Hereford in Wales, 24 October 1055
Glasbury, 16 June 1056
Mechain, 1069
Rhymni, 1072 
Bloody Field, 1075
Camddwr, 1075
Bron-yr-erw, 1075
Gweunytwl, 1077
Pwllgwdig, 1078
Mynydd Carn, 1081
Llech-y-crau, 1088 
Llandudoch, St Dogmaels, 1091 
Brycheiniog, Between 17 and 23 April 1093
Degannwy, 3 July 1093
Coedysbys, 1094  
Celli Carnant and Aberllech, 1096
Aberlleiniog, Anglesey, July 1098
Aberystwyth, Early March 1116 
Ystrad Rwnws, Between May and September 1116 
Maes Maen Cymro, Spring 1118
Wadiece, 1132
Loughor, 1 January 1136
Cedweli, March 1136
Cardigan, 10 October 1136  
Central Wales and Cardigan, 1145 
Nantwich, 3 September 1146 
Coleshill, 1150 
Tal y Foel, Abermenai, 3 May 1157 
Hawarden Wood, Early August 1157 
Llanidloes, 1162 
The Battle of ‘Crogen'
Rhos y Gad, Pentraeth, between December 1170 and 25 March 1171
‘Baldert' Bridge, 1170
Elfael, 22 September 1179 
Dingestow, 28 May 1182 
Swansea, November or December 1192 
Aberconwy, Porthaethwy and Coedana, 1194 
Radnor, 1196 
Painscastle, 13 August 1198 
Aberduhonw, October 1208
Builth Wells, Autumn 1210 
Cilcennin, About 30 November 1210
Llandeilo, 30 January 1213

For a short example chapter, please see the battle of Cedweli.

Available now through PayPal for £39.95.  Consists of 267 A4 pages and 101 illustrations and maps.


Copyright©2017 Paul Martin Remfry

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