Away from castles for a change, Abbey Cwmhir deals with the politics of
the Welsh princes of the Middle Marches from the foundation of the
abbey by the brother princes Cadwallon ap Madog and Einion Clud in
August 1176, until the fall of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd in December
The objective of the book is to chronicle the foundation of Abbey
Cwmhir by the Welsh princes Cadwallon and Einion and follow the
political fortunes and land grants to the abbey between that date and
the arrival of the decapitated body of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd for
burial at the abbey in 1282. Into the local battlefield of
the princes of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren and the Mortimers of Wigmore the more
prominent figures of King John, Henry III and both Prince Llywelyn's
often made their mark. After the history of the men who
founded and nurtured the abbey, the various grants to the monastery and
its extensive land-holdings are explored with the help of
maps of the surrounding district. This work is crucial to understanding
the politics of late twelfth and thirteenth century central Wales.
Such famous, but now largely forgotten princes as Maelgwn ap Cadwallon,
Einion o'r Porth, Gwallter and Iorwerth Clud and the unfortunate Madog
ap Maelgwn all make their appearances, often in battle against the
forces of Mortimer, Say and Braose.
Depicted in the book are the arcade and doorway to Llanidloes church
which appears to have taken from the abbey at the dissolution.
The Political History
Cwmhir, 1176 to 1282 and the Families of Elystan Godrydd, Mortimer and
Princes of Gwynedd is now available as an A4 sized
book which includes new photographs and an index. It can be
bought for £14.95
through the PayPal basket below.
Paul Martin Remfry