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The Welsh trilogy

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The Welsh Trilogy

Post by sharon » Fri December 11th, 2009, 3:31 pm

On December 11, 1282, the Welsh prince, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was slain. In a haunting elegy by his court bard, Gruffydd ab yr Ynad Goch, a traditional song of lament became a despairing cry from the heart, giving voice to the anguish of the Welsh, who understood all too well what they'd lost. "Ah, God, that the sea ...would cover the land! What is left us that we should linger?" The Welsh would remember him as Ein Llyw Olaf--Our Last Leader. And he has not been forgotten. Just this year a mountain in Snowdonia was named after Gwenllian, his little daughter, captured by Edward I and confined to a convent, living out her days as a nun at Sempringham Priory in the Lincolnshire Fens.

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