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Ralph A. Griffiths OBE is Emeritus professor of Medieval History at Swansea University, Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society, and formerly Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Includes the names: R.A. Griffiths, Ralph Alan Griffiths

Also includes: Ralph Griffiths (2)

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Aspects of Late Medieval Government and Society (1986) — Contributor — 7 copies
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society - Fifth Series, Volume 30 (1980) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 15, no. 2, Dec. 1990 (1990) — Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 10, no. 3, June 1981 (1981) — Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 9, no. 4, Dec. 1979 (1979) — Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 7, no. 4, December 1975 (1975) — Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 10, no. 4, Dec. 1981 (1981) — Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 1, June 1976 (1976) — Contributor; Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 3, no. 3, June 1967 (1967) — Contributor; Assistant editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 3, no. 4, December 1967 (1967) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 5, no. 1, June 1970 (1970) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Ceredigion, cyfrol V, rhifyn 2, 1965 (1965) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 4, Dec. 1977 (1977) — Assistant editor; Reviewer — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 3, June 1977 (1977) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 2, December 1976 (1976) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 5, no. 3, June 1971 (1971) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 5, no. 2, December 1970 (1970) — Assistant editor; Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 4, December 1969 (1969) — Assistant Editor; Reviewer; Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 1, June 1968 (1968) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 2, December 1968 (1968) — Assisant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 2, 1964 (1964) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 10, no. 2, Dec. 1980 (1980) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 3, 1965 (1965) — Contributor; Reviewer — 1 copy
Ceredigion, volume XI, 1989-1992 — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 4, 1965 (1965) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 3, no. 2, December 1966 (1966) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 3, June 1969 (1969) — Assistant editor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 10, no. 1, June 1980 (1980) — Assistant editor — 1 copy

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As I embarked on this book, my first thought was that half the middle ages were missing, starting as it did in 1066. A quick examination of the cover revealed that Anglo Saxon Britain had its own Very Short Introduction. As I got the end it was apparent that there was more England than Britain, or at least the discussion of the rest of the British Isles was in the context of English invasion. That said, there is a lot of history crammed into a small format. So much so that it can hardly be recommended for he reader with no familiarity with Medieval history - such a reader is too likely to quickly get lost.… (more)
 
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dunnmj | 5 other reviews | Mar 10, 2022 |
Readable and in a way informative, but with two drawbacks. First, there is two much emphasis on power struggles at the expense of social history. Second, the title is quite misleading, because the book is really concerned with medieval England; Scotland and Wales are (similarly to France and Ireland) rarely mentioned outside of the context of English attempts at ruling these regions as well.
 
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Stravaiger64 | 5 other reviews | Jul 28, 2020 |
What kind of biography relegates twenty percent of its subject's life to just two pages?

A nine hundred page biography, that's what.

This is considered the biography of that strange, incompetent, mentally ill, martyred (pick your adjective) monarch, Henry VI -- the only English king to have been deposed twice. Certainly it gives just about every scrap of available information about the period. About the king -- hard to say. There is a lot we don't know about Henry VI (including, notably, the illness that drove him mad. Porphyria? Schizophrenia? There just isn't enough data, although I strongly suspect the latter). If you want to get such information as we have, you can pretty much be sure it's in here.

If you can find it. The book really is too long -- there is too much in here that isn't really about Henry VI. It's a pain to sift. And... it doesn't really illuminate. Take my comment about the book relegating twenty percent of Henry's life to two pages. I'm referring to the ending, from his (first) deposition in 1461 until his murder in 1471. There is no real discussion of what was going on -- just a bare summary of the fact that Henry's wife Margaret of Anjou made a deal to get him back on the throne, and her attempt failed, and afterward, Henry was found conveniently dead. Griffiths doesn't even discuss the oft-repeated canard that Richard III, rather than Edward IV, was responsible for the whole thing -- Richard isn't really mentioned in the whole book.

Ultimately, Griffiths presents much data about, but no insight into, Henry VI. There is desperate need for a good scholarly study of the last Lancastrian king. This isn't it. But maybe you could make it into that study -- if you cut the first 898 pages by about sixty percent, replacing that sixty percent with about a third that amount of analysis, and then increased the last two pages by at least fifty.
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waltzmn | 1 other review | Apr 16, 2017 |
Another useful introduction to a complicated subject. Parts of the book were a bit tedious and academically written, but in general it was a useful read. Made me want to go out and read more around many of the topics covered.
 
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fothpaul | 5 other reviews | Apr 12, 2013 |

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