"The Taming of the Dragon" tells a story full of intrigue, drama and passion that recounts the battles and tactics by which Edward I finally brought Wales into union with England. It also records the legacy and role of Caernarfon, Conwy and other castles.
The story of Edward I's conquest of Wales is one full of drama, intrigue and passion, and one full of contradictions. It was not a war between two different cultures - though the English and Welsh cultures are different - because so many Welshmen fought on the side of the English. Neither was it merely a trial of wills between strong-minded individuals, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of Gwynedd, and Edward I, King of England, there were other key players. And the great legacy of the Welsh wars - the series of castles Edward built - were crucial for his victory but,conversely, almost bankrupted the treasury. "The Taming of the Dragon" recreates the dangerous world of power politics in medieval England and Wales, drawing on a variety of contemporary sources to bring to life the people and the events of the 13th century and exploring their legacy of castles and myths.
Wayne Bartlett is the author of God Wills It! An illustrated History of the Crusader (Sutton),2000) and Assassins. Medieval Islam;s Secret Sect (Sutton 2001)
The Taming of the Dragon by W. B. Bartlett
W. B. Bartlett
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