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Maredydd ap Owain

Wife unknown

Parents Owain ap Hywel and mother unknown===

Medlands:

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/WALES.htm#AngharadM1LlySeisyllM2CynfynGwerstan

OWAIN ap Hywel, son of HYWEL Dda ("the Black") King of Gwynedd & his wife Elen of Dyfed (-[987/88]). The Gwentian Chronicle records that "his son Owain took the rule of Ceredigion" after the death of "Hywel the Good, son of Cadell king of all Wales" in 948[309]. King of Gwynedd, jointly with his brothers. The Annales Cambriæ record that "Owinus filius Hoeli" died, undated but apparently in 988 from the context[310]. The Chronicle of the Princes of Wales records that "Owain son of Howel" in 987[311].

m ---. The name of Owain´s wife is not known.

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In 986 Maredydd captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg.

He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives. Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the annalists as "the most famous king of the Britons". Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel. -------------------- Maredudd ap Owain From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Maredudd ab Owain) Jump to: navigation, search

Maredudd ap Owain (ap Hywel Dda) (died 999) was a King of Gwynedd and of Deheubarth, places in medieval Wales.

Maredudd was the grandson of Hywel Dda. His father, Owain ap Hywel Dda, was king of Deheubarth. As Owain grew too old to lead in battle his son Maredudd took his place, and in 986 captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg.

He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives. Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the annalists as "the most famous king of the Britons". Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel.

References

   * John Edward Lloyd (1911). A history of Wales: from the earliest times to the Edwardian conquest. Longmans, Green & Co. 
   * Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Line 176-1

-------------------- "A History of Wales," John Davies (1993), p. 98: "From 986 to 999 Maredudd, the grandson of Hywel, succeeded in recreating the kingdom of his grandfather, but the years of his supremacy were troubled ones. The attacks of the Northmen recommenced...."

-------------------- Maredudd ap Owain (ap Hywel Dda) (died 999) was a King of Gwynedd and of Deheubarth, places in medieval Wales.

Maredudd was the grandson of Hywel Dda. His father, Owain ap Hywel Dda, was king of Deheubarth. As Owain grew too old to lead in battle his son Maredudd took his place, and in 986 captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg.

He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives. Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the annalists as "the most famous king of the Britons". Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maredudd_ab_Owain

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King Maredudd ap Owain was born and resided in Dinefwr Castle. The original castle was probably built by Rhodri the Great (c. 820-878), but there are no remains of the original castle.

The current Dinefwr Castle is located on the site of the earlier castle. Rhys ap Gruffydd, ruler of Deheubarth from 1155 to 1197 is thought to have rebuilt it. Giraldus Cambrensis tells a story about a plan by King Henry II of England to assault the castle during a campaign against Rhys. One of Henry's most trusted followers was sent on a reconnaissance mission, guided by a local Welsh cleric. The cleric was asked to lead him to the castle by the easiest route, but instead took the most difficult route he could find, ending the performance by stopping to eat grass with the explanation that this was the diet of the local people in times of hardship. The planned attack was duly abandoned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinefwr_Castle

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Maredudd ab Owain From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maredudd ab Owain (ap Hywel Dda) (died 999) was a King of Deheubarth, and through conquest also of Gwynedd and Powys, kingdoms in medieval Wales. Maredudd was the grandson of Hywel Dda. His father, Owain ap Hywel Dda, was king of Deheubarth. As Owain grew too old to lead in battle his son Maredudd took his place, and in 986 captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg. He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives. Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the annalists as "the most famous king of the Britons". Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel. [edit]References

John Edward Lloyd (1911). A history of Wales: from the earliest times to the Edwardian conquest. Longmans, Green & Co. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Line 176-1

Maredydd ap Owain & partner 

They had two sons and two daughters, named Rhys, Cadwallon, Lleucu and Angharad.

Personal Details

Maredydd ap Owain

Maredydd was born about 0938 in Dynevor Castle, Carmenthenshire, Wales.1 He died in 0999.1

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Children

 Rhys ap Maredudd

Rhys was born about 0963.2

 Cadwallon ap Maredudd

Cadwallon was born about 0966.2

 Lleucu verch Maredydd

Lleucu was born about 0972.2

 Angharad verch Maredudd

Angharad was born about 0982 in Rhuddlan, Wales.3 Birth Notes

-------------------- Maredudd ab Owain (ap Hywel Dda) was a King of Deheubarth, and through conquest also of Gwynedd and Powys, kingdoms in medieval Wales--therefore de facto King of all Wales.

As his father, Owain, grew too old to lead in battle, Maredudd took his place,. In 986 Maredudd captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg.

He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives.

Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the annalists as "the most famous king of the Britons." Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maredudd_ab_Owain for more information. -------------------- Maredudd ab Owain was a King of Deheubarth, and through conquest also of Gwynedd and Powys, kingdoms in medieval Wales.

Maredudd was the son of Owain ap Hywel and the grandson of Hywel Dda. His father was king of Deheubarth before him. As Owain grew too old to lead in battle his son Maredudd took his place, and in 986 captured Gwynedd from Cadwallon ab Ieuaf. On Owain's death in 988 Maredudd also became ruler of Deheubarth. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and Morgannwg.

He is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of Radnor and as paying a ransom of one penny a head to rescue some of his subjects who had been taken captive in Viking raids. Danish raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987 Godfrey Haroldson raided Anglesey, killing one thousand and carrying away two thousand as captives; Maredudd is supposed to have paid a huge ransom for the freedom of the hostages. Maredudd died in 999 and was described by the Brut y Tywysogion as "the most famous King of the Britons". Following his death, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel. -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maredudd_ab_Owain -------------------- Maredudd succeeded his father Owain ap Hywel Dha as ruler of South Wales/Deheubarth in 986. Maredudd conquered Gwynedd and temporarily united Wales once more, but his reign was a troubled one. From their strongholds in Dublin and the Isle of Man, the Norsemen ravaged the coast of Wales. It was recorded in 987 that two thousand men of the island of Anglesey were seized and sold as slaves. In 989 Maredudd was obliged to raise a penny poll-tax to bribe the Norsemen to stay away. Died in 999. Maredudd ap Owain had a daughter: Angharad Ferch Maredudd

From: http://www.robertsewell.ca/powys.html -------------------- Different books have different death dates. The 'Oxford History' book states 1035, which would have Maredudd in battle around his 95 year (?). Died in battle. In the book, 'The Oxford History' (pg 41) there is a photo of a cross ('Carew Cross') that is believed to have been made to commemorate Maredudd as King. The cross stands 13' high & probably dates from the 11th century. The shaft, of the cross, is decorated with panels of carved interlacing ornament characteristic of Celtic art.

Source: The book, 'The Oxford History of the British Monarchy'

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Maredudd, King of Deheubarth's Timeline

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