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R. R. Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208785.001.0001

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Royal Policy in Wales, 1172–1256

Royal Policy in Wales, 1172–1256

(p.289) Chapter 11 Royal Policy in Wales, 1172–1256
The Age of Conquest

R. R. Davies

Oxford University Press

Royal interest in Wales grew from the early thirteenth century onwards. It did so in part because the faltering momentum of Marcher advance made it clear that the Crown alone could contain and challenge the resurgence of native Welsh power. It did so also because the loss of his northern French lands allowed and indeed encouraged the king to turn his attention more regularly to Wales. The Welsh rulers for their part found themselves moving inexorably into the orbit of the king of England, drawn to him not merely or mainly by the formal ties of dependence, but also by the magnetic quality that the patronage and protection of a powerful neighbour can offer. Relations with the king of England rather than with the Marcher lords came increasingly to dominate Welsh political life.

Keywords:   Wales, Marcher, Crown, king of England, native Welsh, patronage, Marcher lords, political life

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