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‘It concentrates on areas the author feels have been neglected or misinterpreted by the majority of (English) historians. He also devotes more attention than usual to the current position of Wales in his final chapter: "A personal perspective on the 21st Century"…  He makes a good case for Wales being a very difficult ‘province’ for the Romans to hold down but considered worth the effort for the plunder of its mineral wealth. Indeed, this is the most constant pattern in the history – that Wales has been constantly plundered for its natural resources without benefit to the native population. His other prevailing theme is continuity of tradition. He gives proper weight to Roman and Celtic Christianity (which has been overshadowed by Augustinian propaganda and the prejudice of chroniclers such as Bede) and to the importance of the survival of the British/Welsh language. The savagery of Norman methods of invasion and domination is treated in detail … Breverton places great emphasis on the leaders who did succeed in uniting them, particularly on Owain Glyndwr… this is a challenging and thought-provoking study of the Welsh’. ‘The Biography has been eye-opening, educational, and thought provoking …’

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