Gruffudd Ap Cynan: A Collaborative Biography

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K. L. Maund
Boydell & Brewer, 1996 - History - 217 pages
The reign of the North Welsh king Gruffudd ap Cynan (1075-1135) marked the culmination of a century of rapid social and political change. A product of three cultures (Welsh, Irish and Scandinavian), Gruffudd faced a Wales divided by Norman incursion and dynastic rivalry; his re-creation of his kingdom saw him acting on the wider (and often deadly) stage of Anglo-Norman politics, and surviving where more `traditional' Welsh rulers failed. His reign encouraged a new growth in Welsh literature and creativity, and is often looked upon as a literary `golden age'. This collaborative biography analyses key aspects of the career and context of this remarkable king. Dr K.L. MAUND teaches in the School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales, Cardiff. Other contributors: DAVID MOORE, C.P. LEWIS, DAVID E. THORNTON, K.L. MAUND, JUDITH JESCH, NERYS ANN JONES, CERI DAVIES, J.E. CAERWYN WILLIAMS
 

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Contents

Gruffudd ap Cynan and the Normans
61
The genealogy of Gruffudd ap Cynan
79
Historia Gruffud vab Kenan
109
the first audience
149
Meilyr Brydydd and Gruffudd ap Cynan
165
Bibliography
187
Index
201
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