Monday, 25 August 2008

BASILIQUE CATHEDRALE DE SANT - DENIS, PARIS. A National Centre of French Medieval Monarchy Monuments.

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I picked up this brochure on my recent trip to Paris but had no time to visit, more is the shame. Below is some information to excite your curiosity, and you will be able to find out much more information on the web. There is no similar National Centre in Wales but our Cathedrals and ruined Abbeys hold graves of similar Medieval Welsh Monarchist importance, if I had the time I would supply some details here, but unfortunately I do not and thus, if that interested it is a task you will enjoy sussing out yourselves hopefully.
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DAFYDD AP GRUFFYDD, DAFYDD III. 2008 will mark the 725th Anniversary of his brutal & bloody Execution on 3 Octoberr 1283.

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See Picture below of front cover of a pamphlet published by Cofiwn in 1983, I have only my copy left. It would be great to see it republished in time for the fourth coming anniversary, any publisher out there up for that? I guess the authors permission will have to be sought? I am sure with some pictures and illustrations it would make an interesting pamphlet, plus of course it's an interesting and controversial account of Dafydd III and those ''Lost Ten Months''. Anyone interested in doing something with this suggestion, do make contact asap. As for commemoration the 725th anniversary of the execution, anyone with some forgiveness in their hearts are encouraged to place tributes at site of the execution, near the Cross in Shrewsbury, note there is a plaque on the building opposite. Please note if anyone does this, your photographs will be appreciated. Diolch!
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REALLY LOOKING VERY GOOD FOR THE PRINCES OF GWYNEDD, at Llys Rhosyr on Ynys Mon but can the same be said for Aberffraw just up the road?

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See below pictures of leaflets: Excellent work going on at Llys Rhosyr with also an exhibition & Audio Visual show close by in the Pritchard Jones Institute, Niwbwrch/Newborough. However, as far as I can recollect from a visit last year, not much is being done at Aberffraw to promote it as a ''Welsh Tara''. Despite the importance of the location as chief Royal Centre of Gwynedd, there are no road signs that indicate this and despite there being a newly built Canolfan Llys Llywelyn, it is in the main a centre for accomodation. There is a Conference, Tourist Shop and Gallery for local artists but other than a memorial representing the unseating of the Princes of Gwynedd, there is little else to interpret the story of our ''uno numero'' Cymric Royal Dynasty.
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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Become a Medieval Expert with just three books.

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The First book illustrated below is published by English Heritage, if only Cadw could publish the same for our Welsh Medieval World, that'll be the day? Whatever, while waiting on Cadw, note this book > Welsh Military Institutions, 633–1283 In Welsh Military Institutions, Sean Davies offers a new approach to the military history of Wales, arguing that, in fact, military developments in Wales ...www.uwp.co.uk/book_desc/1836.html - 3k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

A brilliant book but at £30.00 a bit too expensive for most, so I suggest a trip to your local Library but do read it, it's a must for all interested in Medieval Welsh History. Not least for those who wish to establish genuine Welsh Medieval Re-Enactment Societies rather than the usual English Garrison Soldiery that Cadw employs for it's events and activities.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

LOOKING GOOD FOR LLYWELYN III, recognition at last on the tourism trail and why not, if it gets the job done!

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Buellt is really going for it, with a mural and a logo, a much used Crowned head. Plus in so many years two great Gwlad Llywelyn III Brochures.
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The British Horse Society has established a Prince Llywelyn III Bridle path all the way across central Cymru from Lloyney near Knighton close to Offas Dyke to Borth/Ynys Las on the Ceredigion Coast. That's some serious riding, for further details contact the British Horse Society 08701 202244. Unfortunatly it's the wrong Llywelyn image/statue on the brochure cover, that's of course Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, a follower of Owain Glyndwr, but never mind brochure re printing can correct that, lets just be thankful to BHS for what they have established.
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The big one, excellent Initiative shown here, great brochure and even greater website. It's a Tours project but I am quite happy to see this as the Gwlad Tywysog Gwynedd I have called for in previous posts. Only got to know about this after discovering the brochure in a TIC on my recent wanderings in the North. This Brochure can be obtained from Bettws y Coed and District Tourism Office or see addresses in www.betws-y-coed.co.uk
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Now Aberffraw next, let see it become as good as Tara in Ireland, Aberffraw needs a proper CANOLFAN GWLAD TYWYSOG CYMRU as befitting the Royal Centre of our ''Cymric High Kings''.
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G.ap Gruffydd.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

GET TO KNOW YOUR WELSH KINGS, Princes, Warlords and Warriors.

A Must Read For The Summer, it will not only inform you of much but also make Medieval Welsh History more enjoyably understandable.Not least take note regards Vortigern and Cunedda who perhaps we do not consider as much as we should. Plus I am of the mind that we need to focus much more in commemorative and other work a lot more on great Kings (Princes) as Gruffydd ap Llywelyn in the 10th Century pre Norman period. Then not least on years between 1081 to 1094 up to 1136, that is from Battle of Mynydd Carn to Battle of Crug Mawr. Finally, for moment I would like to focus attention, of one and all more fully on Owain Gwynedd and Rhys ap Gruffydd of Dehuebarth who successfully hold on to their principalities whilst Powys falls apart and with much of the South falls under sway of the Normans. We perhaps over focus and identify too much on Llywelyn the last Prince of Gwynedd, 1282 and all that. Maybe, we should consider and commemorate more Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Llywelyn Fawr and a read of this book will remind us just why he earned being called Llywelyn the Great', although note it was his English contemporaries who first began to recognise and call him such. Personally I think there is every reason for Gwynedd Patriots to start putting together an ANTUR LLYWELYN FAWR initiative to remind of his legacy to Gwynedd and Cymru, if Gwynedd Patriots are short on ideas in this respect, I have plenty. Just get in touch!
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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

MEDIEVAL FESTIVALS NEWS 2008: Wales & Further Afield.

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IN THE WEST > MERLIN MAGIC FESTIVAL IN JUNE/JULY? But no details available yet, keep looking on Sir Gar Council or TIC Websites. I don't think it's on this year, but take a look at 2007 Website via this link > BBC - South West Wales Carmarthen - Merlin & Magic festival - 9:58am The low-down on Carmarthen's Merlin, Magic & Mystery festival in June. ... 19 May 2008 Accessibility help · Text only · South West · Carmarthen ...www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/sites/carmarthen/pages/merlin.shtml - 26k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this YES IT's ON OK! SAT 7th MEHEFIN, keep checking web for info, nothing up yet but should be up soon.
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IN THE SOUTH > Joust! - Cardiff Castle - South Wales website - E&A Details The Knights of Royal England thunder into the city to do battle against the local opposition in a medieval joust - a stunning display of horsemanship, ...www.southernwalesevents.co.uk/thedms.asap? ms=13&feature=92&GroupId=1&venue=1011142&easi=true - 24k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this . Then there's Caerffili's BIG CHEESE >The Big Cheese A celebration of local and Welsh heritage, history, culture and entertainment including jugglers, fire eaters, living history re-enactments, music, funfair, ...www.caerphilly.gov.uk/bigcheese/ - 4k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this . Also note a big Medieval event at Margam Park > TAPESTRY GOES WEST 2008 A MEDIEVAL ROCK FESTIVAL. Margam Park, Port Talbot, Wales, SA13 2TH Friday and Saturday 8/9th August. Check out on web direct.
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> Bodelwyddan Medieval Festival Information about programme and events, with arrangements for visitors and traders.www.medieval-fayre.co.uk/ - 28k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this . Also check out this link > bodelwyddan medieval festival 2008 north wales just pictures ,good day out ,and abba singing waterloo lol ...2 min 20 sec - www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqmMlmAx44w
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NO NEWS OF ANY GWYLIAU GLYNDWR IN MACHYNLLETH ON 21 MEHEFIN TO COMMEMORATE 'DYDD CORONI 1404', NOR IN CORWEN ON 16 MEDI TO COMMEMORATE 'DYDD GLYNDWR 1400'. KEEP CHECKING CENEDL GLYNDWR at http://cenedl.blogspot.com . HOWEVER, THE SOUTH REMAINS TRUE TO GLYNDWR WITH CONTINUING 16 MEDI FESTIVAL AT ABERCRAF ORGANISED BY THE SLEEPING GIANT FOUNDATION, link here > The Sleeping Giant Foundation - Events - 10:36am Owain Glyndwr Festival 19th - 21st September 2008 ... After the success of last year, The Sleeping Giant Foundation and Menter Brycheiniog, ...www.sgfnet.co.uk/events.htm - 25k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this[ Bookmark ].
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If I hear of any other Cymru/Wales events, I will post OK, as for England, Celtic Countries and Europe, so many medieval festivals far better you do your own web search but I will point out a few for you here:
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SCOTLAND > Lanark Medieval Festival - May 14 Lanark medieval festival commemorates the life and achievements of William ... LANARK 2008. Scotland's Living History Festival - 1400 years of history ...www.lanarkmedievalfestival.co.uk/ - 14k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this.
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IRELAND > Kilmallock Medieval Festival -- VisitLimerick.com Kilmallock Medieval Festival ... Kilmallock will host Ireland’s largest multi-period battle re-enactment events over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. ...www.visitlimerick.com/F&E20.asp - 24k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this.
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ENGLAND > Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Official website of Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. ... TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL. 12th and 13th July 2008. Lincoln Green Lane Contact. Maps and directions ...www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org/ - 7k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this. ALSO SEE > Herstmonceux - Visit the biggest Medieval Festival in England 23rd to 25th August 2008 Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England. Welcome all to the home page of England's Medieval Festival! ...www.mgel.com/ - 10k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this .Very Useful Link as it provides links to other useful Medieval Festival Information in England and abroad, see > Lulworth Castle Medieval Festival - 12:58pm Lulworth Castle Medieval Festival in Lulworth, England - festival article by ... tattoos than clothes - these turned out to be the top German Medieval Band, ...www.2camels.com/lulworth-castle-medieval-festival.php - 55k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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THEN HERE'S A FEW FROM EUROPE >
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DENMARK > Europ├Žisk Middelalder Festival The European Medieval Festival 2008 29th AND 30th AUGUST 2008 ... Today, the festival has turned into an international medieval festival with participants ...www.middelalderfestival.dk/default.asp?sprog=2 - 14k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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LITHUANIA > viduramziai.lt > Activity > • Medieval festivals The Trakai Medieval Festival is an international event, so the participants hail from Lithuania’s neighboring countries as well as Lithuania. ...www.viduramziai.lt/Default.aspx?tabid=6905 - 18k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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FRANCE > lastminute.com - Bayeux - Bayeux Medieval Festival Bayeux hosts its magnificent Medieval Festival. In a swirl of colour, noise and smells, ... Bayeux Medieval Festival 5 - 6 Jul 2008 (annual) Bayeux ...travelguides.lastminute.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=event&event_id=103541 - 44k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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LANGUEDOC/OCCITANIA > Carcassonne - Town Hall and Tourist Office Web Site - : Medieval ...Medieval Festival - August. Please consult the diary for details of the programme. ... An introduction in English, French and Spanish enables everyone to ...www.carcassonne.org/Carcassonne_EN.nsf/vueTitre/docVisiterAoutMedieval?OpenDocument - 16k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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You will note as you study up on the Welsh Events, that most of the Medieval Festivals in Wales are generally biased to what I refer to has ''Conquorers Castle & Colonial Borough''. Although in recent years there has been improvements and I do not want to knock what few Medieval Festivals we do have in Wales, largelly thanks to, for most part English Medieval Enthusiasts (& Events Organisers), some times based in Wales but often from accross the border as the 'Royal Knights of England' at Joust, Caerdydd. This is not a critcism but more an appraisal, if there is to be any criticism, then it must be aimed in direction of the Welsh/Cymry who show little enthusiasm for medieval Living History re-enactment, true! If anyone out there wants to do anything about this situation, and are interested in the 1094 - 1294 period contact myself: gethin.apgruffydd@ntlworld.com . If interested in the broad ''Glyndwr Period'' 1354 - 1454 contact S.Ifan at Embassy Glyndwr, via her blog TEYRNAS GLYNDWR at http://teyrnas.blogspot.com/
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Note other countries that have a number of excellent Medieval festivals are GERMANY , ITALY AND SPAIN
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Gethin.

Monday, 19 May 2008

LLYWELYN FAWR. Llywelyn ab Iorwerth - Llywelyn II - Prince of Gwynedd and an ''High King'' of Cymru.

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Hands up, I must admit and how many of you will? of perhaps being a bit too over focused on Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Llywelyn III and forgetfull of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Llywelyn II (yes! I know what your going to say, but I happen to recognise Llywelyn ap Siesyll as one of our ''High Kings'', thus Llywelyn I). I would not expect anyone in Gwynedd to own up to not knowing a lot more than I and others not of ''our northern Prussia'', and having said that does that, make Llywelyn Fawr ''our Bismarck''. I am sure there are better comparisons but I guess that will be the one that will grab some attention, in all the right places I hope. Whatever, like I said, I certainly must own up to needing some further education on Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and an important period in Welsh History in which this Prince of Gwynedd and ''High King'' of Cymru was responsible for a number of signifigant achievements, as you may quickly grasp by viewing the following >
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Llywelyn the Great - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 6:56am In praise of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth by Llywarch ap Llywelyn has been translated by Joseph P. Clancy (1970) in The earliest Welsh poetry. ...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llywelyn_the_Great - 95k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this.
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Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) / 100 Welsh Heroes / 100 ... - 7:00am Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ... This was the situation faced by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth when he inherited one third of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd. ...www.100welshheroes.com/en/biography/llywelynabiorwerth - 7k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this.
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BBC - Wales History - Llywelyn ab Iorwerth - 7:00am Article on Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, on the BBC Wales History website.www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/royalty/pages/llywelyn_ab_iorwerth.shtml - 22k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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If you want to read much more, then get this book below from the library or better still buy it. Will make a good addition to your own library of books on Welsh History.
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As regards much to do with our Medieval History, much is ignored, not only by ''Officialdom'' but also by ourselves. Given the achievements of Llywelyn Fawr surely there should be more commemorative memorials and markers concerned with his history. At moment I have not given much thought to ideas and initiatives in above connection, if anyone out there as some views and suggestions, do get in touch.
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Gethin.

TIROEDD y TYWYSOGION CYMRU: Gwledydd Gwynedd, Powys, Deheubarth and Glywysing (Morgannwg & Gwent).

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A suggestion towards establishing a 'Welsh Medieval Interest body' with purpose of developing an Initiative that would see set up a TIROEDD y TYWYSOGION CYMRU, much the same as 'CORDELL COUNTRY' in the South. Requiring then this body would as HERIAN (see below) seek to make that 'Land of the Princes of Wales', in first instance a website and then much more as similar to that developed by HERIAN to interpret the period of the Industrial Revolution in Southern Wales. This initiative I suggest is based chiefly in Gwynedd at Aberffraw as centre of a GWLAD TYWYSOGION GWYNEDD, see example of Bro Beca in South West Wales as an idea as what may be done, link > Bro Beca The Bro Beca Project assists local communities to uncover the history of the Rebecca Riots in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to develop heritage ...www.brobeca.co.uk/ - 5k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this . This was established by Planed a regeneration organisation, I am sure similar in Gwynedd as Llyn Cultural Network and any number of Menter/Antur Iaith plus Antur Llys Rhosyr etc could get together with community councils et al, to set up a working party at least to consider how best to move forward such an initiative as I briefly introduce here for the attention of Medieval Wales enthusiasts.
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Given the fact that Cadw & Co, are not really up for calling up some real Medieval Welsh History but prefer to focus on what it referrs to as ''Built History'', see what I have to say about this in my other blogs at I'r Gad Welsh Battlefield Campaign http://brwydr.blogspot.com and Ymgyrch Treftadaeth http://ymgyrchtreftadaeth.blogspot.com/ . I consider it a neccessity that some kind of Welsh Medieval Interest Body is established similar to that of HERIAN, see below information on their work to date.
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1: Here is an excellent example of what such a Welsh Medieval Interest body could be about but in a medieval context of course, see > Welcome to Herian - Herian Herian Logo and title, enter the site containing English text · enter the site containing Cymraeg text. Montage of people enjoying the heritage of ...www.herian.org/ - 3k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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2: Such Medieval body would of course focus very much on the chief princes of the Royal Houses of Brenhinol Cymru similar to this, see > Heroes Heroines Heritage HERIAN - Herian The HERIAN web site's mission is to inform its partners and publicise its work to the people of and visitors to South Wales. This web site will have the ...www.herian.org/home.html - 24k - Cached - Similar pages - Note thisMore results from www.herian.org »
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In time having established the Mediaval Interest body I have suggested plus the Gwlad Tywysog Gwynedd, in time there could be links to Gwledydd Powys, Deheubarth and Glywysing (Morgannwg & Gwent), in the first place through Touch Screens links in area of Dinefwr, Mathrafel and Dinas Powys, see > 3: Herian Touchscreen Kiosks : Imaginet The Herian project was launched in 2003 to develop a coordinated approach to heritage development ... View a demo of the Herian touchscreen kiosk interface ...www.imaginet.co.uk/case_study.php?cs=47 - 22k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this> in the south which does an excellent job on promotion of Industrial History, more or less in and around period of CORDELL COUNTRY. It has of course been of immense advantage to Herian that Alexander Cordell wrote such successful stories about Industrial Revolution in Southern Wales. Maybe some one needs to do similar for Gwynedd to kick things off. However, has this not been done by Sharon Penman in three novels none of which I have read, so I do not really know how good they are, or even appropriate?
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Whatever, some food for thought, get in touch if you have further interest in any of the above, contact me at gethin.apgruffyd@ntlworld.com
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Gethin.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

KINGS OF ENGLAND - The Full Treatment!



LLYWELYN III FILM FOUND.

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A feast of Welsh cinema history - icWales A LONG-LOST, 85-year-old film about Prince Llewellyn has been ... A special presentation of The Last King of Wales will feature on the festival’s final day ...icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/expats/nostalgia/2007/10/17/a-feast-of-welsh-cinema-history-91466-19964789/ - 37k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

PROSIECT BRENHINOEDD CYMRU: An Introduction.

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Of course many of a radical Republican persuadion will not like it but the fact is the ''Old'' Western World is very much stuck with it or is it? I am talking about Monarchies being a way in which a country refers back to it's past and studies it's history, well that's how it is in Britain which of course includes Cymru/Wales. I am not so sure if it's the same for all European Countries, I believe it is in France. In Britain this seems to be more a matter of gerneral and wide use since the 'Tudor Age' up to the pre WW I Edwardian Age, I guess history might look back to our times as the 'Windsor Age'. I have seen in American films, set in America, the 'Victorian Age' being referred to, would this apply in any other Country, some one tell me as I have no time to look it up. Whatever, you, I am sure will understand what I am getting at, not least in a Welsh Connection. Associated with all this is the use of Regnal Lists as means of an easy popular fashion to familiarise a people with their history, in Wales this means we are more likly to see most people more familiure with English Kings and Queens and thus English/British History, than their own. From Roman times to the Medieval and later periods people were in the first instance more likly to be made aware of their Kings via coins, some early medieval Welsh Kings as Hywel Dda minted coins but with conquest and colonisation it is English 'Kings' Coins which have greater circulation in Cymru/Wales. Then of course, not least today there is the matter of Stamps, as illustrated opposite, for up date on this see latest post in Cenedl Glyndwr blog.
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By the 17th century the printing press had taken off and publications began to become more available, amongst the people. In particular Almanacs, in which one would find printed Regnal Lists of English Kings and Queens. In time as Education become the more popular norm, the teaching of history in schools would employ use of Regnal Lists and Time lines of historic events based on such Regnal Lists. Further, such publications as simple pamphlets providing basic information on a Nations Kings and Queens have been published since the 17th Century, and whilst included in time Scottish Kings and Queens there is no reference to and Welsh Kings or Princes unless in very brief passing.
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Example below, is of similar material published today (Armadillo Books) , unfortunatly there is no equivelent version for Welsh Kings and Princes. It will be one of the objects of this project to produce such guide, in main not only as a guide to our medieval history but a way by which we make it's study easier anbd more interesting to the general public.
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Now having put forward this idea, it will be tempting for certain people to ''rip off'' the idea, please refrain from doing so. Running off and away in well worn directions will achieve little other than confuse or perpetuate a knowledge of our history from the Conquorers viewpoint again. Unless we take care to patriotically present our project in a purposeful way that recognises mistakes of the past, we will achive little other than produce a Welsh Dynastic list, as one amongst many. Untill we produce such a carefully thought out Welsh Regnal List, then we cannot go on to the next major Informitive and Educational effort which would be a Time Line chart as a Wall Chart, or for inclusion in other and various publications. So please patience in this case really would be a your virtue, not my vanity, for reasons I will mention briefly in conclusion at end of this blog post.
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During 1982, whilst I was helping to organise the 700th Anniversary of the Death of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Conquest of Wales, I was contacted by a Dafydd P.Ifans. Dafydd made two particular observations and made detailed comments on these in two letters and in provision of his version of a Welsh Medieval Regnal List. What Dafydd observed and commented on was that we were mistaken to keep referring to Llywelyn as 'Llywelyn yr Ail', that is Llywelyn II when in fact he was Llywelyn III. You will note that since I have referred to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd as Llywelyn III and not II, this as angered one Patriot, and possibly others who do not understand why I do so. However, I am at long last getting around to doing something about that, twenty plus years later unfortunatly. Prompted by fact that despite all the work in recent years to ressurect Owain Glyndwr as our true last Prince of Wales, there are still some who continue to proclaim Llywelyn III as the ''Last Welsh Prince'', of course this is not true and as long as this 'WASP' myth is perpetuated the Welsh are doomed ever to be slavish about England's claim to sovereignty over our country.

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To conclude this Project introduction, first an apology to Dafydd P. Ifans, for taking so long do something based on what he had written to me about, converting me fully to his viewpoint in such matters. During the 60's, I along with other patriots became associated with Cilmeri and the holding of annual rallies there, for which I blame Harri Web and the New Nation Group. Suprisingly, it was this rather radical Plaid Cymru Group and later even more radical Nationalist Patriotic Front which lead Patriots to follow the British 'Cambrianist' acceptable 'Ich Dien' road of Welsh History. During the 60's and my own identification of our history of Conquest following on death of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd became very much associated with the Anti - Investiture Campaign, then Cofiwn 1282 and all that!
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However, all this aside Dafydd had an even greater purpose to his patriotic thinking, it was not just a matter of our presenting our history from a more National basis. Dafydd, also provided me with his own version of a proper Welsh Regnal List based on reckonising our own 'High Kings' dated not from 1066 but from Caradog I 47 - 50 AD to Maredudd ab Owain, Maredudd II 1417 - ? (what about Rhys ap Gruffydd, Rhys III 1529 - 31, did I hear supporters of the Royal House of Dinefwr whisper?). This made it clear that such was by use of Regnal Numbering also would not only make it easy to remember the whole time span of our early to medieval history but also make it easier to study and understand. Not least when we have to get into all that Rhys ap Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Gruffydd ap Rhys et al, as example of what can make reading of our Medieval history so ''mind blowing''.

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There is much more to learn and think about in the correspondence from Dafydd P.Ifans on these matters, so I will conclude here but in the next post publish his letters. The post after that will publish his Welsh Regnal List, after that I am rather hoping others can contribute, and note I am particularly looking for active project participants who would take it on themselves to particularly give their own greater attention to the Royal Houses of Aberffraw - Gwynedd, Dinefwr - Deheubarth, Mathrafel - Powys and Dinas Powys (and others) covering Glywysing (Morgannwg and Gwent). Although others may contribute with material on any of our Princes, Lords and Chiefs associated with the 13 Royal and Noble Tribes of Wales. In addition note, in association with the overall initiative of Urdd Brenhinol Cymru, I shall be promoting research and study on Welsh Medieval Heraldry regards the history of it's development, also poetry associated with such. Not least I intend to promote some pro-active patriotic activity here, in area of making Welsh Heraldic Banners and Flags also decorative shields and much else. Including encouraging setting up teams of Welsh Heraldic Flag Hurlers as seen in Italian Medieval Festivals, so go check out such on the web via a Google search.

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I shall be working with Embassy Glyndwr in these Heraldic areas so check out Cenedl Glyndwr http://cenedl.blogspot.com/ I am very busy in a number of areas, so it may take me time to advance work in this blog, but I will advance much a lot faster, if patriots volunteer to partcipate with practical purpose. So, if interested do get in touch ok! Also am looking out for publishers who may sponsor some publications mentioned above and arising in due course as the project advances. I think field trip outings to sites of the Royal Houses of Wales, and other places so associated would be a good and useful experience, educational and health wise - get you out in the fresh air. However, I cannot deliver in this connection but if maybe we get some keen persons involved at ''Royal Regional'' levels, then perhaps they could organise and use this blog to such purpose of promotion and report. If interested contact me at gethin.apgruffydd@ntlworld.com

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Other useful Blogs: I'r Gad Welsh Battlefield Campaign http://brwydr.blogspot.com and Cofiwn Archive http://Cofiwn.blogspot.com

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G.Gruffydd.


Tuesday, 1 January 2008

URDD BRENHINOL CYMRU: An Introduction.

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An Ysbryd Cofiwn Initiative.
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Urdd Brenhinol Cymru, the title of this blog may be slightly misleading but it is not my intention to mislead by so using this title, my intention is to be patrioticaly provocutive. Add to this a touch of irony in so far that Y Cymry whom had a 1000 year of native aristocratic tradition were then so swift to accept following the 1282 conquest, the sovereignty of the English Monarchy in particular the acceptance of English Princes of Wales. Even though the story of Edward I presenting his recently born first Son to the people of Gwynedd from the battlements of Caernarfon Castle being no more than a big ''English Lie'', it is nevertheless one the Welsh are happy to welcome as one of their ''National Myths''. No more better proved than in their overwhelming support for the actual first Caernarfon Castle Investiture of 1911 (100th Anniversary 2011) and again in 1969 but then there was a major protest against another English Prince of Wales. Wales despite being seen as a ''Radical'', ''Socialist'' and now but stretching it a bit, a ''Nationalist'' country it as a population which appears to be overwhelmingly ''Royalist'' but perhaps sadly that means supporting the ENGLISH MONARCHY.
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Perhaps even more ironically, despite Welsh Nationalism, including my much dwelled on ''Alternative Nationalism'' largelly proclaiming itself as ''Republican'', many of these ''Republicans'' have an huge interest and fascination, if not love for the Princes of Medieval Wales and more likely to be seen attending commemorations so connected rather than those that might have ''Welsh Radical'', if not ''Welsh Republican'' connection. I include myself here, I am without doubt more of Republican Socialist mind, approaching in present times even an Anarchist/Autonomist view, every time I think of that Sham Senedd in Bae Caerdydd. However, I do not run around as many spouting a rather facile ''Welsh Republicanism'' that poses and postures itself annually around the Cilmeri Cenotaph but when back in Tafarn Llywelyn following a few pints, proclaiming ''Death to Kings and Princes''. There are many Welsh Nationalists/Republicans who hold one set of Political views but at same time like myself have a great interest in our history, not least our Medieval history. The difference is however, that many of these so called and self style ''Welsh Republicans'' never seem to have much interest in Welsh Radical, if not Republican History, Historic Sites or even attempt to hold commemorations that would be more appropriate to their, I must presume sincere political principles?
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How could we as Welsh Nationalists/Republicans even ignore this period of our history which makes of us what we are, Patriots of course. Yet, there are Patriots and Patriots, sadly our country is blighted by a West Briton Patriotism of the ''Cambrian Contradiction'' (see http://cofcenedl.blogspot.com/) whom would rather forget Pre 1282 History and by pass Owain Glyndwr to then draw their Patriotic position from 1485 and all that. Yes! the Tudors, need I say more? Whatever, whilst this section of our native society as from 1536 may be seen as our ''Cymric Carlo-ists'' (see Basques and Carlism, link at end of this post) and are an Anglo - Welsh Monarchists majority in Wales. At the same time, I doubt if there are any true ''Welsh Monarchists'' who believe in, and would support the restoration of a Native Welsh Monarchy and Aristicracy although I did once read an article in a Plaid Cymru journal 'WALES MUST HAVE A MONARCHY'. However, I suspect that many Welsh Nationalists/Republicans and that includes not least ''Cilmeri's Republicans'' would instantly as Garibaldi turn to a Native Monarchy as a means to an end. I suspect most Welsh Nationalists/Republicans, if born in medieval times, if not be prepared to fight for Llywelyn III would to a man be out with Owain Glyndwr or at least with his peasant army of ''Barefoot Welsh Doggis''.
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Thus no, there is no actual Welsh Monarchist League us such, unless you count it as a league of interests in the ancient Cymric Royal Houses and Aristocratic Traditions. It is to this patriotic purpose this blog has been set up, I also have the purpose of providing a platform for myself to share with you some research in these areas of Welsh History over the past 40 years. Further, to that I have an important obligation to fill to a patriot who contacted me many years ago with his ideas regards a Welsh Regnal List for numerous reasons, not least patriotic but also to serve good educational needs. Amongst the many suggestions here was that we should be referring to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd as Llywelyn III and not Llywelyn yr Ail, an awful piece of ''Cambrianism''. Suffice to say, I have agreed and concurred with this and since, often to one patriots annoyance used Llywelyn III ever since. Much more on this will be explained in the next fourthcoming post. Other than this note that via this Blog platform I shall touch on such matters as:
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* Advancing Knowledge of the Ancient Principalities of Cymru.
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* Informing on the rise and fall of these Principalities.
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* Advancing Knowledge of the Last Days of Llywelyn III, and post conquest Wales to 1400.
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* Educating and campaigning for the return of the national treasures of Gwynedd, as Croes Naid in particular.
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* Promoting interest in Literature, memorials and commemorative work in above connection.
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* Have you any suggested additions?
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In connection with this blog also see my other history blogs: Cofiwn Archive http://cofiwn.blogspot.com/ and I'r Gad Welsh Battlefield Campaign http://brwydr.blogspot.com/
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G.ap Gruffydd.
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INFORMATION:
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Basque nationalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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