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What Does a mercenary leave behind? The archaeological evidence for the estates of Owain Lawgoch

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The medieval mercenary and his impact on the society in which he lived and died is usually discussed in terms of his exploits on the battlefield, his collection of the spoils of war and then the subsequent relation of stories about his life in chronicles of the period or fictional tales created later using facets from several different characters and events. An archaeological dimension can also mean the property and related landscapes of a medieval mercenary. In order to understand the background to Owain Lawgoch and his ?defection?, it is worth examining the situation in Gwynedd at the end of the thirteenth century. Given the archaeological and historical evidence outlined in this chapter and the location of the burials of skeletons I and II, it would appear that these two individuals could well be Thomas and Cecilia.

Keywords: archaeological evidence; medieval mercenary; Owain Lawgoch



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