Four North Wales legends and their tales

We’re surrounded by culture and history here at our North Wales holiday parks, and there are myths associated almost every statue – so what are four of the main legendary tales? Well the place to start answering that question is by deciding what are the four main legends which stand out from the region’s history? Luckily for us, that’s a question that’s been answered by Bangor University, and there are four status situated on the four sides of the tower of the Main Arts Building of the university to show what they are. So without further ado, here are four North Wales legendary figures and tales of their deeds: St David A statue of St David sits on the North West corner of the building. St David was chosen as one of the four most significant figures as he is the patron saint of Wales and hails from the North. Born around 500AD, Dewi Sant, to give him his Welsh name, was a bishop throughout the 6h century. He was the son of Saint Non and the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, who was once king of Ceredigion. David’s best-known miracle took place when he was preaching to a large crowd in the village of Llanddewi Brefi. With people unable to see who was preaching a small hill rose underneath him, elevating him above the crowd. Owain Gwynedd ap Gruffydd Owain lived from around 1100AD to 1170AD and was King of Gwynedd between 1137 and his death. His statue stand son the North East corner of the University building. Owain’s significance is that he was the first ruler to be known as the Prince of Wales. This was after he came to a settlement with the English Henry II following a war between the two kingdoms. Owain has expanded Gwynedd and captured cities as far east as Mold and Rhuddlan. When Henry’s forces fought back alongside the armies of Powys they were eventually routed in battle but by that time had done enough damage to the eastern borders oof Gwynedd to persuade Owain to do a peace deal. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, or Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf Llywelyn, known as the “last leader”, sits on the South East corner at the University. He lived from 1223AD to December 1282 and was the last prince of an independent Wales before it became part of the Kingdom of England and Wales following conquest by Edward I of England. It was his death which led to this conquest, as he was separated from his army in battle against the English at Builth Wells and killed in mysterious circumstances. With the king dead the Welsh armies were defeated. However, Llywelyn has retained hero status in Wales for refusing to surrender Wales to England in return for life as an English nobleman, but instead remaining determined to fight for independence. Owain Glyndwr St David Welsh Legends Llewellyn The Great price of Wales | Lyons Holiday Parks North WalesOwain Glyndŵr On the South West corner of the building is a statue of Owain Glyndwr, who lived from 1354AD to 1416AD. Following the English conquest England allowed Wales to retain a native leader with the title Prince of Wales – and Owain was the last of these. He is a folk hero in Wales for the way in which he organised an uprising against English rule and fought for Wales’ freedom. The revolt lasted for several years and was initially very successful, with his forces capturing large parts of Wales from his base on Anglesey. However, with no artillery or navy his forces were at a disadvantage and eventually King Henry IV’s army was successful in putting down the rebellion. Owain evaded capture though and went on the run for several years. Welshmen take pride in the fact the last Prince of Wales turned down a pardon by Henry IV on two occasions and also in the fact no Welshman betrayed him while he was in hiding.He eventually died of illness six years after his forces were defeated. Image: Jeremy Bolwell under Creative Commons

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