Amlawdd Wledig, king of the Britons

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Amlawdd Gwledig "The Imperator" ap Cynwal, king of the Britons

French: Amlawdd Gwledig "The Imperator" ap Cynwal, Roi de Domnonée
Also Known As: "Wledig", ""The Imperator" King of Briton", "Amlawdd Wledig", "meaning Amlawdd the Imperator (?)"
Birthplace: Isca, Dumnonia, Britain
Death: Dumonia, Old Cornwall, Wales
Immediate Family:

Son of Cynwal ap Ffrwdwr, of Dumnonia and Unknown
Husband of Gwen verch Cunedda
Father of Gwyar verch Amlawdd; Rheinwylydd . verch Amlawdd; Gwrfoddw Hen King of Ergyng ap Amlawdd, The Giant, King of Ergyng; Cynwal Canhwch ap Amlawdd; Llygadrudd Emyr ap Amlawdd and 1 other

Occupation: koning van Domnonée, koning van Domnonee, Chef des Bretons insulaires
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Amlawdd Wledig, king of the Britons

See Peter Bartrum, (May 11, 2018; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Peter Bartrum, (April 27, 2018; Anne Brannen, curator)

In the Mabinogion, Goleuddydd, the wife of Cilydd and mother of Culhwch, is said to be his daughter. He was an historical person, but she was not. Her profile can be found here: Goleuddydd . verch Amlawdd, {Fictitious, Mabinogion}

Amlawdd Wledig, or perhaps more properly Anblaud in the name's earliest form, is extremely difficult to pin down. He is claimed as a king of Brittany, but this may instead mean Britain. He is called 'the Imperator', suggesting a man of real power, on a par with the imperial title presumed to have been held by Vortigern and probably by his immediate successors too. In British tradition, and noted in the lives of more than one of the saints, he marries Igerna's mother (or widow) and is also the father to Eigr and her sister, mothers to Arthur Pendragon and Culhwch respectively. c.455 As the east of the island is engulfed by the chaos of the foederati revolt that sees the loss of Ceint, later tradition states that High King Vortimer is poisoned and his death allows Vortigern to reclaim the high kingship temporarily before he is faced by Ambrosius Aurelianus. Vortigern flees to his ancestral lands, 'at the fortified camp of Genoreu (Ganarew in later Welsh), on the hill called Cloartius (Little Doward, with its hilltop camp)', in Ercing, by the River Wye. There he meets his end when Ambrosius sets fire to his fortress with him inside it.

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