Last updated – 30 April 2024
Newsletter 82, Spring 2024 and details of 2024 Excursions added.


Robin Grove-White’s book, Vol. 13 in the Studies in Anglesey History series, A Prism for his times: Late-Tudor Anglesey and Hugh Hughes of Plas Coch has been published and can be ordered online.

What the reviewers are saying (extracts) –
Dr Sadie Jarrett, Queen’s College Oxford, in The Local Historian, October 2021: ‘An important and timely book for Welsh History, with…a distinctive and confident authorial voice. Those new to Welsh history will find it an accessible introduction to the subject, while those more familiar with it will appreciate the contribution to the ‘Anglicisation’ debate. It is an excellent case study and will be of interest as a meticulously well-researched account of an early modern estate and its owner. The ability to place local history in its national context is one of the book’s particular strengths…’

Professor Madeleine Gray, University of South Wales, in Welsh History Review, December 2020: ‘…Excellent close-focus revisionist thinking on late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century Wales…A biography of a relatively inconspicuous Anglesey lawyer and landowner, it engages with current debates about the Acts of Union, Wales’s position in the Tudor and early Stuart state, and the contested subject of the anglicisation of the culture. Grove-White makes a compelling case for regarding men like Hughes as hinges between Westminster and Wales….’

Professor Emeritus Prys Morgan, Swansea University, in Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 2020: ‘…Introduces Hugh Hughes as a specimen to be dissected and analysed to decide which interpretation of the gentry of the ‘Acts of Union’ period is lifelike, that of the earlier school of Glanmor Williams and Geraint Dyfnallt Owen and others, or the more recent school of AD Carr, WO Griffith, J Gwynfor Jones and ‘revisionist’ historians. This approach alerts readers to a lively debate in Welsh history… a most lively picture of the immense importance of lawyers in English or ‘British’ culture in the sixteenth century and indeed in politics in the early seventeenth century… (including) a superb account of the development of a complex system of courts in Wales after the Acts of Union…. The author brings his most stimulating discussion – may one call it dadley? – right up to the present age of Devolution. In this sense Hugh Hughes was not just a prism for his times, but a prism for our times too.’


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