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Cadwaladr

(d. 664) king of Gwynedd


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(d. 664),

Welsh king. Son of Cadwallon who devastated Northumbria before being killed by King Oswald in 634. Cadwaladr himself suffered a serious defeat by the West Saxons at Pinhoe near Exeter in 658. His death in 664–5 seems to have marked the end of British hopes of recovery from the Saxon invasion. Though his deeds are not recorded, he is a significant figure in later prophetic poems, becoming, like Arthur, a semi‐mythical hero, who would rise again and lead his people to victory.

Subjects: British History.


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