Edward I at Conwy Castle on Christmas Day 1294 and the Madog ap Llywelyn Rebellion

On Christmas Day 1294 King Edward I was at Conwy Castle in north Wales. He was attended by many members of his nobility and household. It would ordinarily be expected that this would be a happy occasion with the king being able to enjoy residing in one of his grand new castles in Wales, which …

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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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Kidwelly Castle and the Owain Glyndŵr Rebellion

For a time in the early fifteenth century it seemed a real possibility that the Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndŵr would succeed in fully driving the English out of Wales and would realise his ambition to be Prince of Wales. The failure of his rebellion was due in large part to the success of beleaguered …

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Castle Hunting Trip to South Wales Part 2: Kidwelly, Llansteffan, Dryslwyn and Aberystwyth

This is part 2 of my blog post about the castles I recently visited in south Wales as part of a week-long castle hunting trip. In this instalment I discuss four wonderful castles I explored: Kidwelly, Llansteffan, Dryslwyn and Aberystwyth.   Kidwelly   The earliest castle at Kidwelly was built by Roger, bishop of Salisbury, …

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