Anglesey: The Concise History (University of Wales Press - by David A. Pretty

By David A. Pretty

This quantity strains the island's wealthy historical past because the final stronghold of the druids, via its strategic importance in the course of the Edwardian conquest in medieval instances, Telford's significant success in development the Menai Suspension Bridge, to the cultural and linguistic demanding situations of the overdue 20th century. the idea that of ‘love of one’s quarter’ has continually had a different resonance for the folk of Wales. It has encouraged poets, writers and historians in the course of the centuries and it has enriched our appreciation and knowing of the vibrant range of our neighborhood and local tradition and history. the writer has an intimate wisdom of the area and has the facility to interpret and converse that wisdom in a full of life and concise kind to scholars, students and travelers alike.

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Now, ironically, Môn was being uttered within a context confirming that Wales’s destiny would henceforth be entrusted to the rulers of England. Political union came in the reign of Henry VIII. At first, the king showed little interest in Wales, even if Welshmen still found a niche in court circles. Rhydderch ap Dafydd of Myfyrian, Llanidan, served as a footman. Meurig ap Llywelyn, the son of Llywelyn ap Heilyn, rose to be Captain of the Guard and was rewarded with the manor of Aberffraw. Instead of the patronym ap Meurig, his son Richard, living at Bodorgan, anglicized the surname to Meyrick.

When the Cornish rebelled against a tax imposition in 1497, the warrior qualities of Owain ap Meurig of Bodeon in suppressing the revolt excited the poet Lewys Môn to gruesomely describe the remains of flesh on his gloves. ) By the close of his reign, when he was in a better position to turn his attention to Wales, Henry VII granted a series of charters removing the restrictions imposed upon Welshmen during the Glyn Dwr revolt. As well as equal rights, they sanctioned the English system of land inheritance whereby estates could be transferred to the eldest son.

Even Sir Richard Bulkeley III, according to an accusation made by local foes in 1588, did not attend church or receive Anglican communion for a period of sixteen years. PM5 38 Black 6/22/2005, 5:15 PM The Tudor Period 39 but there were other indications of underlying Catholic sympathies as circumstances surrounding the arrest and fate of William Davies, a missionary priest, attested. Along with four students bound for a Spanish seminary he had been detained at Holyhead in 1592 in the face of considerable hostility.

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