The events of the period 1485 - 1660 were decisive in the development of modern Wales and, in Hugh Thomas' first in the four-volume "Welsh History Text Books" series, students are presented with a scholarly, balanced and informative discussion. From the crowning of Henry Tudor as King of England in 1485 to the profoundly transformed religious, cultural and economic conditions at the end of the period under survey, Wales and Welsh society would stride forward in a committed partnership within a greater Britain.
Hugh Thomas was born in Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley. Following study at the University College of Swansea, interrupted by the Second World War, he taught history at Llanidloes, Brecon, Swansea, and was principal lecturer at Barry College of Education on his retirement in 1980. A History of Wales 1485 - 1660 was first published in 1972 and has been continuously in print since that date as part of the Welsh History Text Book series spanning 1485 - 2000.