The Welsh empire of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn fell to pieces on his death in 1063. Maredudd, who took Deheubarth, was a direct descendant of Hywel Dda. From 1066 he faced the earliest incursions of the Normans into south Wales, losing Gwent to Robert Fitzosbern. In 1170 he was given some English estates near Hereford in compensation. Two years later he was killed near the Rhymney by Caradoc ap Gruffydd, from Gwynllwg, who also aspired to dominate south Wales.
Subjects: British History.