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Gwynedd's place in Britain
- Gwynedd covers most of
North Wales and the Isle of Anglesey. The name is pronounced 'Gwineth'
and means either 'Desirable Land' or 'Warrior Land'.
- When the Romans
left Britain, it was invaded by the Irish.
- The British High-King
(perhaps Vortigern) is said
to have asked a
friendly group of Britons living in Pictland
to help him get rid of them.
- A chief named Cunedda
and all his sons and their army travelled south to Gwynedd.
They fought the Irish and sent them home.
- Gwynedd had many
sub-kingdoms ruled by local kings. They are named after the
sons of Cunedda.
- Cunedda’s descendants
ruled here until 1282. That’s over 800 years! Then the
English took over.
- The kings lived at Aberffraw.
Their Royal monastery was at Llangadwaladr.
- The most famous Kings of
- Cadwallon - He lived
in the early 7th century. He was a friend of the Saxon
King Penda of Mercia. They
took a big army North, killed King Edwin
of Northumbria and conquered his kingdom.
- Rhodri the Great -
He lived in the Mid-9th century. He ruled Powys
and Seisyllwg (Ceredigion) as well.
He fought against the Vikings and drove them out of Wales.