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Encyclopedia > Gruffydd ab Rhydderch

Gruffydd ap Rhydderch (died 1055) was a king of Gwent and part of the kingdom of Morgannwg in south Wales and later king of Deheubarth. Gwent is the area of south-easternmost Wales, bordering on the Welsh Marches of southwest England. ... Glamorgan or Morgannwg is a maritime traditional county of Wales, UK, and was previously a medieval kingdom or principality. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS 1... Deheubarth was a south-western kingdom or principality of medieval Wales. ...


Gruffydd was the son of Rhydderch ab Iestyn who had been able to take over the kingdom of Deheubarth from 1023 to 1033. Already king of part of Morgannwg, Gruffydd became involved with Deheubarth when that kingdom was taken over from Hywel ab Edwin by Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, already king of Gwynedd, in 1044. Gruffydd ap Rhydderch was however able to expel him in 1045 and became king of Deheubarth himself. He was said to be a powerful king who stoutly resisted raids by the Danes and attacks by Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. In 1055 however Gruffydd ap Llywelyn killed him in battle and recaptured Deheubarth. Events The Judge-Governor of Sevilla takes advantage of the disintegration of the caliphate of Córdoba and seizes power as Abbad I, thus founded the Abbadid dynasty. ... Events Benedict IX becomes pope. ... Hywel ab Edwin (died 1044) was king of Deheubarth in south Wales from 1033. ... In the period before the Norman Conquest of Wales, several native princes had the name Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (Griffith son of Llywelyn). Two of these were of major importance in the history of Wales. ... Gwynedd was one of the kingdoms or principalities of medieval Wales. ... Events King Anawrahta seizes the throne of Pagan, Myanmar Births Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as The Cid (d. ... Events Emperor Go-Reizei ascends the throne of Japan. ... Events January 11 - Theodora becomes Reigning Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. ...


His son Caradog ap Gruffydd also attempted to emulate his father and grandfather by gaining control of Deheubarth, but was killed at the Battle of Mynydd Carn. Caradog ap Gruffydd (died 1081) was a prince of Gwent in south-east Wales who made repeated attempts to gain power over all of southern Wales by seizing Deheubarth. ...


References

John Edward Lloyd (1911) A history of Wales from the earliest times to the Edwardian conquest (Longmans, Green & Co.) Sir John Edward Lloyd (who wrote as J E Lloyd) (1861-1947) was Wales greatest historian, the author of the first serious history of the countrys formative years, A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest (1911). ...

Preceded by:
Hywel ab Edwin
King of Deheubarth
1045–1055
Succeeded by:
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn

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Gruffydd ap Llywelyn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (755 words)
Gruffydd was the only son of Llywelyn ap Seisyll who although not one of the traditional ruling dynasty of Gwynedd had been able to seize the throne.
Gruffydd seems to have been able to drive Hywel out of Deheubarth in about 1043, for in 1044 Hywel is recorded as returning with a Danish fleet to the mouth of the River Tywi to try to reclaim his kingdom.
Gruffydd ap Rhydderch of Gwent was able to expel Gruffydd ap Llywelyn from Deheubarth in 1047 and became king of Deheubarth himself after the nobles of Ystrad Tywi had suddenly attacked and killed 140 of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn's household guard.
Deheubarth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (504 words)
It was annexed by Llywelyn ap Seisyll of Gwynedd in 1018, then by Rhydderch ab Iestyn of Morgannwg in 1023.
Gruffydd did eventually become prince of a small part of his father's kingdom, but most was carved up into various Norman lordships.
On Rhys ap Gruffydd's death in 1197 the kingdom was split between several of his sons, and Deheubarth did not again rival the power of Gwynedd.
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