Turvey, Roger 1961–

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Turvey, Roger 1961–


Born September 27, 1961.


Office—Department of History, Amman Valley School, Margaret St., Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 2NW, Wales.


Writer, educator. Amman Valley School, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, head of department of history.


Royal Historical Society, Society of Antiquaries, Institute of Educational Assessors.


Visiting fellowship, Institute of Historical Research, 2003-04.


The Lord Rhys: Prince of Deheubarth, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales), 1996.

(Editor) A Critical Edition of Sir James Perrot's "The Life, Deedes and Death of Sir John Perrott, Knight," Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 2002.

The Welsh Princes: The Native Rulers of Wales, 1063-1283, Longman (London, England), 2002.

The Treason and Trial of Sir John Perrot, University of Wales Press (Cardiff, Wales), 2005.

Llywelyn the Great: Prince of Gwynedd, Gomer Press (Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales), 2007.

Contributor to historical journals. Editor of Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society.


Roger Turvey is a specialist in the history of medieval and early modern Wales. In The Welsh Princes: The Native Rulers of Wales, 1063-1283, Turvey presents a history of the Tywysogion, the Welsh nation's ruling elite, in the centuries following the Norman Conquest. The Welsh Princes focuses on the relationships of Welsh rulers, including Gruffudd ap Llywelyn and Owain Gwynedd, with the Anglo-Norman Marcher lords and, later, the kings of England. According to Albion reviewer J.J. Crump, the book's "core is a familiar presentation of the persistent and creative efforts of the native princes of Wales to deal with the essential political and social fact of their existence: the overwhelming and intrusive power of a developing English monarchy." H-Net contributor James Doan applauded the work, stating that Turvey "succeeds in making the subjects come alive as real flesh-and-blood figures, showing their military and political activities, as well as their patronage of the arts (especially the court poets) and of the church." "In attempting to present a rounded picture of the problems and achievements of the ruling dynasties of Wales in the central middle ages," wrote English Historical Review critic David Stephenson, "this book will prompt further debate and investigation and is therefore to be welcomed."



Albion, winter, 2004, J.J. Crump, review of The Welsh Princes: The Native Rulers of Wales, 1063-1283, p. 713.

Choice, February, 2003, A.C. Reeves, review of The Welsh Princes, p. 1047.

English Historical Review, September, 2003, David Stephenson, review of The Welsh Princes, p. 1043; June, 2007, Penry Williams, review of The Treason and Trial of Sir John Perrot, p. 822.

Speculum, January, 1999, Frederick C. Suppe, review of The Lord Rhys: Prince of Deheubarth, p. 259.

Times Educational Supplement, February 9, 1996, review of The Lord Rhys, p. 15.


Gomer Press Web site,http://www.gomer.co.uk/ (May 10, 2008), biography of Roger Turvey.

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online,http://www.h-net.org/ (May, 2005), James Doan, review of The Welsh Princes; (May, 2007), Pauline Croft, review of The Treason and Trial of Sir John Perrot.

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