The Native Dynasties of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren

1066 to 1282

Paul Martin Remfry, B.A., M.Phil., studied history at Aberystwyth University College of Wales between 1981 and 1984.  In 1989 he obtained a Master of Philosophy Degree by Thesis with this book which which consists of an examination of the descendants of Elystan Glodrydd (died c.1010) and their lands in the Middle Marches of Brycheiniog, Buellt, Ceri, Cwmwdd Deuddwr, Elfael, Gwrtheyrnion, Llythyfnwg and Maelienydd.  It concludes with their final dispossession as lords of the district in the period immediately after the final conquest of Wales in 1282.  A major part of the work consists of an evaluation of the career of Cadwallon ap Madog of Maelienydd (d. 1179) and the extent of his power in the Middle Marches.  Much space is also given to a survey of castle sites, both Welsh and Norman, and an attempt to link together the archaeological evidence with the written record.  Other topics include the depth and nature of early Norman penetration of Wales and the varying Welsh responses to this.

List of Castle Plans, Maps, Photographs and Abbreviations
Rhwng Gwy a Hafren before Domesday   
The foundation of the Norman Lordships in the Middle March, 1086-1109   
The Middle March from 1106 to 1155   
Cadwallon ap Madog, 'Rex de Delvain'   
The sons of Cadwallon and the wars for Rhwng Gwy a Hafren   
The Middle March of Roger Mortimer, 1199-1214   
The Middle March of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and its Downfall, 1214-1246   
The Middle March of Wales during the Conquests of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, 1246-1267    
The dispossession of the remaining Welsh Lords of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren, 1267-1284    
Castle Plans    

A  (i)   The lands of Abbey-Cwmhir in 1215, 1232, 1536/45 and 1988    
    (ii)  The lands of Abbey-Cwmhir in 1538    
    (iii) Lands in the Welshry of Tempsiter in 1284    
B  Documentary evidence for the early castles of Wales and the Border    
C  (i)   Documentary references to members of the house of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren    
    (ii)  Genealogies of the main families of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren    
D  The witnesses to the 1241 Gwrtheyrnion charters    

Now available through PayPal at £39.95.  Consists of 260 A4 pages and 76 illustrations with family trees of the main branches of the family of Elystan Glodrydd.

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