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Princely epic should be 'warts and all'.

SIR - I have read with interest the letters in the Western Mail concerning the possibility of a film depicting the life of Owain Glyndwr - the latest from an I Seaton of Mumbles.

Owain Glyndwr was most certainly Wales' most outstanding patriot and leader, and a film of his life is long overdue.

That said, not all of Owain's actions in the Glyndwr Rebellion of the early 1400s could be described as "cherishing our historical environment", as noted by I Seaton.

In 1405, 2,600 French troops landed at Milford Haven and, joining forces with Owain's army, marched on to Carmarthen, where they ransacked the town and took over the castle. More than 50 innocent townspeople were killed in Carmarthen, and many more injured and maimed.

A number of the members of Owain's army were from the Marches, led by the Norman-Welsh Marcher Lord, Edmund Mortimer.

I realise that the Middle Ages were terrible times and that it is important not to judge yesterday's actions by today's standards.

I do hope that a film of Owain's life will be made, dare I say, 'warts and all', - we all need a lot more to go on than Shakespeare's Owen Glendower of fantastical description.

There is dream ending to the life of Owain Glyndwr. The dynastic uncertainties in England which followed Owain's rebellion led directly to the Wars of the Roses which culminated some 80 years after his death with the victory in battle against King Edward III and the accession to the throne of Owain's kinsman, Henry Tudor, King Henry VII. Edward III was the last Norman-Plantagenet King; Henry was born in Wales. From the Tudors came the Stuarts down to our present Queen, who is the great grand-daughter of King Henry VII (17 "greats").

What a film!

Philip Grice Carmarthen

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