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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Princess Nest of Wales - Seductress of the English
Kari Maund
ISBN: 9780752437712 (0752437712)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2007
Cyhoeddwr: Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 235x156 mm, 191 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Ystyrir Adargraffu Ein Pris: £17.99   
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Llyfr am Nest: merch un brenin a meistres brenin arall; matriarch teulu brenhinol ac achos gwrthdaro a rhyfel. Datgelir ei rôl yn un o gyfnodau mwyaf cyffrous a deinamig hanes Cymru, Lloegr ac Iwerddon. Mae ei bywyd hefyd yn cynnig portread o rôl gwraig yng Nghymru'r oesoedd canol.

A book about Nest: the daughter of one king and the lover of another; matriarch of a powerful dynasty and the cause of conflict and war. In this book her role is revealed in one of the most exciting and dynamic periods of Welsh, English and Irish history. Her life provides an opportunity also to explore the role of women in early Wales.
Kari Maund is a writer and historian and her previous books include The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords and Princes, also published by Tempus. In this new academic biography, Maund unearths the facts behind the legend of Nest, who has been described as Walesís equivalent to Helen of Troy.

Born in the late eleventh century, when the existing turbulence and traditional rivalries of political life in medieval Wales were being compounded and exacerbated by the arrival of the Normans, Nest was the daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr, king of Deheubarth (South-West Wales). She was captured by the Normans following her fatherís death in battle in 1093 and seems to have become something of a pawn in the continuing struggle for power in Wales, not simply between the Normans and the Welsh but also between the various factions on each side. She was one of Henry Iís many mistresses and bore him an illegitimate son; she was married to Gerald of Windsor, one of Henryís trusted servants in Wales; and she was abducted by Owain ap Cadwgan, one of the Welsh leaders of the struggle against the Normans. Perhaps most famously, she was Gerald of Walesís grandmother.

Unfortunately, the factual records are few and far between and, despite extensive research, the biographer has no choice but to turn to informed supposition and deduction. Maund is conscientious in flagging all the guesswork involved in piecing together a fascinating story – a story that is not simply about one woman but also about Wales during a time of tremendous change.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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