Llewelyn The Great – Part II


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Wales has a history of woeful tales. It’s one fill with treachery, conspiracies and adultery. It gets better…

After King Johns death, his daughter, Joan of Wales received a papal decree from Pope Honorius III, declaring her not legitimate on the basis that her parents, King John had not been married to her mother at the time of her birth, denying her a claim to the English throne.


But In 1217, Willian de Braose of Brecon and Abergavenny, who had been allies to Llewelyn and to the King, married his daughter, Gwladus Ddu.

She was induced by the English crown and was persuaded to change sides by William de Braose in exchange for wealth and lands by the King of England.


When Prince Llewelyn heard of the news, he felt betrayed and responded by invading William de Braose’s lands; which included Swansea and the Brecon’s.

Then Llewelyn with his wife, Joan headed for the Castle in Swansea where William de Braose met him on the way. He submitted to Llwellyn and De Braose would be confined to the castle ground until his death.


While William de Braose, who was Llywelyn’s prisoner at the time, was later discovered in the act of adultery with Joan of Wales, Llewelyn’s wife in his own bedchamber.

William de Braose was hanged on 2 May 1230 for adultery and not for treachery.


Joan was placed under house arrest for twelve months after the incident. She was then, was forgiven by Llywelyn, and restored to favour when she gave birth to a daughter early in 1231.


Joan was never called Princess of Wales, but, in Welsh, “Lady of Wales”. She died at the royal home at Abergwyngregyn, on the north coast of Gwynedd, in 1237.

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