Early Modern Wales, c.1525–1640 by J. Gwynfor Jones

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By J. Gwynfor Jones

This paintings is meant to check the most tendencies in Wales through the century following the Tudor payment of Wales. Emphasis is put on the social constitution, the framework of presidency and management, and the Reformation cost. The Stuart accession and its repercussions also are thought of with regards to political, financial and cultural affairs, in addition to the attitudes of the Welsh gentry to a brand new setting at the eve of the Civil conflict. The paintings makes abundant use of up to date resources to ascertain every one point of the political, governmental and spiritual lifetime of Wales.

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99 Furthermore, Sir William Maurice's long and tedious speeches in the Commons encapsulated what was implied in such a tradition . More pointed and relevant, however, was the comment made by William Vaughan who was elated by the harmony established between the two nations, a typical response to the success of the Tudor settlement. 'I rejoice that the memorial of Offa's Ditch is estinguished with love and charity,' he maintained, 'that our green leeks, sometimes offensive to your dainty nostrils, are now tempered with yo u r fragrant roses ..

Another family of considerable repute that also stemmed from native roots was that established at Clenennau in the commote of Eifionydd. It grew steadily from the latter years of the thirteenth century onwards and achieved prominence in the midfifteenth century with its consolidated estate in the townships of Penmorfa, Trefan and Pennant. " In the second category there appeared those families whose ancestors had been granted land by the thirteenth-century princes of Gwynedd in return for public services, notably in administrative, diplomatic and military capacities.

What is clear, however, is that Sion Cain, who succeeded his father Rhys Cain as a household poet and whose last poems cannot be dated later than 1648, was considered to be the last of his profession. Bardic criticism was levelled primarily against those heads of families and other influential gentry who, in view of the benefits they derived from office-holding, chose not to heed warnings. Sion Tudur and Edmwnd Prys and others, while commenting bitterly on the ills of their age , particularly the oppression and cupidity of ruthless businessmen, usurers, administrators and those who tarried for far too long from their native land, were themselves aware that it was material prosperity that ruined cultural standards if it was not applied to the needs of the community.

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