Church Monuments Society


Piety and power in the Welsh march: Gwladus and William of Raglan Castle



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About this event

An event forming part of the Church Monuments Society’s ‘The Stories Monuments Tell’ series of free Spring online lectures 2022. Everybody welcome!

Piety and power in the Welsh march: the story of Gwladus Ddu and William ap Thomas of Raglan Castle: Professor Madeleine Gray

Not a love story – but a couple who rose from relative obscurity to found one of the most powerful dynasties in Wales. William ap Thomas (d. 1445) may have fought at Agincourt, and he built much of Raglan Castle, Wales’s most spectacular late medieval stronghold. Gwladus (c. 1380 – 1454) was commemorated by the Welsh bards, and her tomb tells us a lot about the priorities and beliefs of women in late medieval Wales.


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