Christianity Grow all over Britain.
- St. Cadog was a British abbot
at the most important monastery in Wales. He lived in the 6th
- He was the son of King
Gwynllyw Farfog of Gwynllwg (called, in English, Woolos the
Bearded of Wentloog). His kingdom was around Newport in
- Cadog became king after
his father's death. A monk wasn't
supposed to own anything, so it was very unusual for one to
become a king.
- His mother was Princess
Gwladys of Brycheiniog (Brecon). It is said that she was so
beautiful that Gwynllyw had kidnapped her. King
Arthur had to stop Gwladys' father from killing him! But eventually
they fell in love & got married.
- Cadog's life-story was written down in the
11th century, but it is quite believable. It said:
- Cadog was brought up
by St. Tathyw at his school in the old
Roman town of Caerwent in Gwent.
- He set up a monastery
at Llancarfan (in Glamorgan),
but disturbed the local king's pigs when he started
building. A smaller one was started at Llanspyddid (in
- He was often hassled
by local lords & kings,
but his monks knew how to trick them. They would get their
warriors to chase
them into a marsh that only they knew the way through.
This was how Cadog met St. Illtud.
- Cadog was friends
with St. Gildas, who looked
after his monastery at Llancarfan while Cadog became a missionary
near Glasgow (in Strathclyde). He also travelled to Cornwall,
Ireland and Brittany (North-West France).
- He then became a hermit
on Barry Island in South Wales. Later he moved to
Bannaventa in Calchfynedd
(Norton in Northamptonshire) to help the people there.
- They lived near the Saxons
and were always being attacked. Cadog was eventually
killed during one of their raids.