Category: Wales

Nest ferch Rhys-  The Helen of Wales

Born the only legitimate daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr, the last King of Deheubart around 1085, Nest ferch Rhys had an equally tumultuous life as her sister-in-law, Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, whose story is told here:  http://www.historynaked.com/gwenllian-ferch-gruffydd/ Nest’s mother was a princess of Powys, another kingdom in western Wales.  When the Normans invaded in 1066, William […]

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Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd

Known as the “female Braveheart” and the “Welsh Maid Marion”, Gwenllian ferch Gryffydd is a certifiable bad ass.  She was born on Ynys Mon, the youngest child of Gruffudd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, and his wife Angharad.  Gwenllian grew into a strikingly beautiful young woman, and was also very intelligent and highly educated.  The […]

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Banshee

A Banshee (“woman of the barrows”) is a female spirit in Irish mythology. Traditionally when a person died a woman would wail a lament at the funeral. These women are referred to as “keeners” and legend has it that for great Gaelic families the lament would be sung by a fairy woman; having foresight, she […]

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Boxing Day

It falls on the day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. It seems to have started around the 1830s. In Britain, it was a custom for tradespeople to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as […]

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The Mabinogion

The tales in the Mabinogion were actually a series of stories that were passed down over the centuries from storytellers until someone decided to put them all together around the twelfth century. Its contents draw upon the myths, legends, and history of Celtic Britain: four branches of a storyline set largely within the confines of […]

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