The Rhys ap Maredudd Rebellion and the Siege of Dryslwyn Castle in 1287

By 1283 Edward I of England had succeeded in conquering Wales, with the native Welsh dynasty of the house of Gwynedd all but wiped out. Yet the English conquerors were forced to contend with years of rebellions by the Welsh. One of these uprisings was led by Rhys ap Maredudd who took up arms against …

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Castle Hunting Trip to South Wales Part 1: Caerphilly, Pembroke, Swansea and Carreg Cennen

My recent week-long castle hunting trip to south Wales has inspired me to write about the castles I visited during my travels. In all I went to fourteen castles across the region, ranging from huge sites such as Caerphilly to small ones such as Newcastle Elmyn. I had a fantastic time exploring these places and …

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