2 Normans were not exactly on friendly terms, so I will also be examining why Welsh did not allywith any of the other regions in their proximity (e.g. Ireland, Scotland, France). All of thisinformation needs to be examined in order to establish a background for Welsh/Anglo-Normansso the motives for creating these marriages and how the unions ultimately fared can be morefully understood.Ultimately, the goal of this study is to demonstrate that the political situation in Walescould not be separated from the influence of the politics of England and that any strength theWelsh gained was almost always undone by their own internal political disputes. In other words,no matter how the Welsh tried to rid themselves of Anglo-Norman overlordship, their politicalinner-workings (especially their fight to maintain political autonomy) were always dependent onthe political situation in England and their unrelenting tendency towards political fragmentation.The primary sources that will be used in this study include the
Brut Y Tywysogion
Chronicle of the Princes
), Gerald of Wales'
Journey Through Wales
The Description of Wales,
William of Malmesbury's
Gesta Regum Anglorum
The History of the English Kings
Deeds of Stephen
) (among other Anglo-Norman chronicles), medieval Welsh poetry, correspondence between Welsh and Anglo-Norman rulers, and medieval Welsh laws(
). Many of these will be examined in detail when they are actually used in thisstudy, but it must first be acknowledged that these sources do not often tell the whole truth abouttheir topics, they are biased, and that much of what say is exaggeration. These issues make thesources slightly difficult to work with, but they are still useful because they reveal how the Welshthought of themselves (and the Anglo-Normans), how the Anglo-Normans thought of the Welsh,and details about the political situations surrounding the marriages themselves, as long as the biases and other problems with the texts are taken into account.