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*Æthelfryth of Northumbria defeated the Britons of Powys, killing their leader, Selyf. According to Bede, the battle was preceded by a massacre of monks from Bangor‐is‐y‐Coed (near Wrexham), who were praying for a British victory. The Saxon victory was part of a westwards expansion which ultimately drove a wedge between the Britons of Strathclyde and those of Wales.

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