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Hywel

(d. 949) king in Wales

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Athelstan

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(895–939),

king of England 925–39. Athelstan came to the thrones of Wessex and Mercia in 924 before effectively becoming the first king of all England. He successfully invaded both...

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Brehon law

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The code of law prevailing in Ireland before the English conquest; a brehon was a judge in ancient Ireland.

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Deheubarth

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(‘the south part’), one of Wales's larger medieval kingdoms. Formed during the reign of Hywel Dda (died 949/50) by combining, through marriage, Seisyllwg and Dyfed, it covered the west and...

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Dyfed

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — British History.

The land of the Demetae people at the time of the Roman invasions. The kingdom may have been founded by Irish immigrants, the Deisi, in post‐Roman times; its royal dynasty lasted until...

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Dyfnwal Moelmud

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Legendary early (400 BC?) king of Wales, by reputation a benefactor and great law giver, the greatest before Hywel Dda (10th cent.). He is the model for Dunwallo Molmutius in Geoffrey of...

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eisteddfod

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A competitive festival of music and poetry in Wales, in particular the annual National Eisteddfod. The word is from Welsh, and means literally ‘session’, from eistedd ‘sit’.

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Hywel Dda, laws of

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The native customary laws of medieval Wales whose reform and codification were ascribed to the Welsh king Hywel Dda (Hywel ‘the Good’) (d. 950). By far the most important sources ...

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kingdom of Seisyllwg

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An early Welsh kingdom of obscure origin, though it may have been established by Seisyll ap Clydog, king of Ceredigion, by extending his dominion south to the Tywi valley (c.730). Later...

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Rhodri

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(d. 878),

king of Gwynedd, Powys, and Deheubarth (844–78), known as Rhodri Mawr (‘the Great’). The son of Merfyn Frych (‘the Freckled’), king of Gwynedd, and Nest of Powys, Rhodri...

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Rhys ap Tewdwr

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Son of Tewdwr ap Cadell, another descendant of Hywel Dda, made himself master of Deheubarth after Rhys ab Owain's death in 1078. He married Gwladus, daughter of Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn, and had...

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