Bleddyn ap Cynfyn

(c. 1005—1075) king of Gwynedd and of Powys

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The half-brother of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn of Deheubarth, Bleddyn faced the advance of the Normans after the conquest of 1066. He gave support to the Mercians, assisting Edric ‘the Wild’ in 1067 and Edwin and Morcar in 1068. In 1070, at the battle of Mechain, he slew two sons of Gruffydd who had challenged his succession, but was subsequently under great pressure on his north-eastern border from the marcher lords. He was killed in 1075 by Rhys ab Owain of Deheubarth, but his descendants continued to rule Powys. The Chronicle of the Princes lavished praise on him as ‘the most mild and clement of kings’.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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