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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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Native Wales 1063–1172: Power, Conflict, and Hegemony

Native Wales 1063–1172: Power, Conflict, and Hegemony

(p.56) Chapter 3 Native Wales 1063–1172: Power, Conflict, and Hegemony
The Age of Conquest

R. R. Davies

Oxford University Press

At the very time that the princes of Wales were withstanding — with some measure of success — the onslaughts of the Normans, they were also often engaged in bitter conflict with their rivals in Wales. This chapter examines the nature of princely power and conflict in Wales. Power within Wales in the eleventh and twelfth centuries resided in the hands of royal dynasties and a warrior nobility, supplemented by such privileges and immunities as had been granted to or arrogated by churchmen. It is the activities of these dynasties and nobility that constitute the politics of the time. Those politics are essentially the politics of a heroic elite; and it is in terms of the assumptions and values of such an elite — as one can glimpse them not only in the cryptic entries of the native annals but also in the court poetry, prose tales, and law-texts — that one must seek to understand them.

Keywords:   princes, Wales, Normans, power, royal dynasties, warrior nobility, politics, conflict, heroic elite

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