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‘Warriors fit for a prince’ - Welsh troops in Angevin service, 1154–1216

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This chapter treats of the evidence for the deployment, recruitment and organisation of troops from Wales by Henry II, Richard I and John before, in a manner suitably modest for a non-specialist on these occasions, reflecting upon the contribution such a survey might make to the apparently still contentious issue of mercenary identity. Before turning to the recruitment of Welshmen by the crown in the period 1154?1216, the chapter briefly considers the political crises in England occasioned by the policies of Richard I?s chancellor, William Longchamp in 1191, the captivity of the king in December 1192 and the mischief of his younger brother John, count of Mortain, who took advantage of both.

Keywords: Angevin Service; Henry II; John; Richard I; Welsh Troops



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