Sir Rhys ap Thomas and His Family

A Study in the Wars of the Roses and Early Tudor Politics

Author(s) Ralph A. Griffiths

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest, History

  • January 2014 · 352 pages ·234x156mm

  • · Paperback - 9781783160143

About The Book

This is a new edition of the authoritative study of the family of Sir Rhys ap Thomas in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It places the family in the social and political context of Anglo-Welsh history: the turbulent career of Gruffydd ap Nicholas of Newton (Carmarthenshire) and his sons during the Wars of the Roses, the crucial importance of Rhys ap Thomas to the establishment of the new Tudor dynasty in both Wales and England; the close relationship between Sir Gruffudd ap Rhys and Prince Arthur, and the execution for treason of Sir Gruffudd's son in 1531 which crippled the family for two generations. A new introduction reviews aspects of the Wars of the Roses in Wales and the impact that the new Tudor dynasty had on the relationship between England Wales after 1485.


Part 1: Servants and Victims of Lancastrian, Yorkist and Tudor Monarchs Introduction 1. The Rise to Distinction 2. A Family of Renegades 3. Sir Rhys ap Thomas 4. Crisis and Catastrophe: Rhys ap Gruffydd 5. Restoration and Rehabilitation Part II The Life of Sir Rhya ap Thomas Introdution 1. 'A Short View of the Life of Rice ap Thomas' 2. Gruffydd ap Nicholas 3. The Young Rhys ap Thomas 4. The Reign of Ricard III 5. Henry Tudor's Enterprise 6. The Reign of Henry VII 7. Henry VIII and Sir Rhys ap Thomas

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Ralph A. Griffiths

Ralph Griffiths, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University, is Hon. Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society, and formerly Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

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