I was born in Prestatyn, North Wales and was educated there and at the Universities of York and London. I have had an almost lifelong interest in the history of the middle ages. My interest in Owain Glyn Dwr (or Glyndwr) seeped into me during boyhood visits to the castles of Rhuddlan and Conway, and grew as I read tales of battles fought, lands raided and houses burned by Shakespeare's "damn'd Glendower". Most of what I read, heard and was told of Glyn Dwr was hardly endearing and my early enthusiasm eventually waned. It was not rekindled until, much later, I read Sir Rees Davies's chapter on Glyn Dwr's revolt in "The Age of Conquest", which portrayed the Welsh leader in a more sympathetic light. Not long afterwards, I read Sir John Lloyd's classic "Owen Glendower" and Davies's own masterpiece "The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr". These two works, in particular, presented a balanced view of Glyn Dwr; they sorted myth from legend and legend from fact; and they placed the revolt in a broad social and political context.
In the seventeen years since Davies's landmark publication much further work had been carried out, particularly on the reign of Henry IV. I have melded some of this new research with Lloyd's broadly chronological approach, Davies's historical context and some research of my own to produce what I believe is a readable but still scholarly and comprehensive study of Glyn Dwr's fascinating life and times. I hope that it brings to you at least some of the pleasure in reading it that it gave to me in researching and writing it.
by Charles Parry