The Politics of the Principality

Wales C. 1603-1642

Author(s) Lloyd Bowen

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

Series: Studies in Welsh History

  • February 2007 · 200 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708319062

About The Book

This study provides a wholly new perspective on Welsh politics in the troubled decades leading up to the Civil War. This is the first study for over half a century to examine politics in Wales during this period, and draws upon a wealth of new material in local and national archives. The book examines the structures of early seventeenth century Welsh politics through episodes such as parliamentary elections and the impact of the Thirty Years' War on the Principality. It also offers a reappraisal of the controversial religious and financial innovations of Charles I in Wales and an innovative discussion of Welsh allegiance in the early stages of the Civil Wars. This study presents a new interpretation of provincial politics in early modern Britain and explores Wales's unique position within the seventeenth century state.


A"Bowen has produced a thorough exploration of Welsh Politics in the first four decades of the 17th century and a convincing explanation for Welsh royalism in the 1640's.A"Alan R. MacDonald, The Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust, 2008A"This is a book that no-one with a serious interest in early modern Britain, not just Wales, can afford to ignore.A"Stephen K. Roberts, Welsh History Review 24 Part 1

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Lloyd Bowen

Lloyd Bowen is Reader in Early Modern History at Cardiff University.

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