Llwelyn Fawr, The Great – Part III


Llwellyn The Great continued Part III

13th Century Wales is rich in History of conspiracy intrigue and
Naughty Bits.

Those Llwellyn boys were something else. No body can hold onto a grudge longer than a Welsh, they say. Always going around getting in trouble. Like burning each other’s castles down, throwing their own kids and wives into the Tower. Going around taking bribes, land and property that didn’t belong to them, including their wives. Yes Wales has a rich history just filled with naughty bits. The stories are not new; they’ve been around and written since the 13th Century. I just like telling the history as I see it; History and story telling with some naughty bits thrown in.

I hope you enjoy.

Gruffudd was Prince Llywelyn’s Illegitimate son by A Welsh woman.
Gruffudd was not the son of Prince Llewelyn, his wife, Joan, the illegitimate daughter of King John of England.


Llywelyn’s illegitimate son Gruffudd was in conflict with his relations between his father and King John when he found out his brother Dafydd was going to be the next prince of Wales and not him.

Gruffudd had been dissolved from the royal succession due to his illegitimate status and Dafydd ap Llywelyn, his half brother would be appointed Prince Llywelyn’s successor.


Gruffudd and his Father shared a stormy relationship and had several disagreements between before his death.

When his father died Gruffudd would not pay homage to his brother Dafydd, and so Dafydd took all of Gruffudd’s lands.


In 1241, Dafydd was excommunicated by the bishop of Bangor and he tried to persuade Henry III, not to support Gruffudd’s cause.

Instead Dafydd was forced to surrender. As part of the Treaty of Gwen Eigron, Dafydd handed over his brother Gruffudd to the King of England as part of the treaty and instead Gruffudd was sent to the Tower of London.


Senena, Gruffudd’s wife, met with the king and agreed to pay 600 marks for the release of Gruffudd. But the King kept Senena’s 600 marks, but he was never released, Senena was also permitted to visit him.

Gruffudd’s demise came in 1244, when he attempted to escape from the Tower on a rope made of linen. He fell and broke his neck and was buried in Aberconwy Abbey.


The End


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