14 December 2009

COFIWN 1282 CILMERI COMMEMORATION 2009: Ysbryd Cofiwn Wreath.

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COFIWN 1282

01 December 2009

REMEMBER BYDDIN LLWELYN III at RHOSFERIG and at site of their massacre on 11 Rhagfyr 1282.

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I have made a symbolic representaion Croes Naid (requilary) flag to unfurl for first time on 12 December 2009 at Rhosferig, in main to bring attention to the historical fact that some time between 10 - 11 December 1282 Byddin Llywelyn III  had pitched camp on or about Rhosferig near Buellt . It is known that Llywelyn III had the Croes Naid (piece of the true cross) about his person, this was possibly shown to his soldiers before he departed for Aberedw to where he had been invited by Marcher Lords who declared they were willing to desert Edward I. But this of course was no more than a trap in which it was thought traitors amongst his own country men were involved, suspicions also fall on religious conspiritors in Gwynedd for history testifies to the 'Betrayal in the Belfry of Bangor Cathedral'.
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On morning of 11 December Llywelyn III moved away with 18 of his body guard to Aberedw where this party were treacherously ambushed and Llywelyn III was mortally wounded. His body was taken to a near by cave with his priest in attendance whilst his assassins awaited further instructions, sometime late on the 11th December 1282  Llywelyn III  was mudered in cold blood by his assassins who then beheaded him. The cave to this day is known as Ogof Llywelyn and, it is here I shall also proceed to place tributes in his memory. It is thought the priest took possession of the Croes Naid and returned with it to Bangor whilst the body of Llywelyn III was later layed to rest under the Alter of Abaty Cwm Hir.
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Prior to this following on raising Y Faner Croes Naid at Rhosferig I shall place tributes at site (area of Builth Golf Course) where it is thought Byddin Llywelyn III were upon being told of their leaders death, were encouraged to assemble and lay down their arms. Thence surrounded by Edward I's Army they were slaughtered and quite possibly by Welsh Archers serving with the Anglo - Norman Army, little in way of true patriotism in these times where loyalty to Dynasty and Gwledydd was above that to any idea of a nation.
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Picture belows illustrates the Croes Naid Requilary celebrated in the roof of the Chapel at Widsor Castle where it is said the Croes Naid was kept after being handed over to Edward I in 1283, but as now mysteriosly disappeared from? Although that should not stop us demanding that the English Crown finds it quick and, returns it to Wales. Thus, this Croes Naid Flag I shall unfurl at Rhosferig shall symbolically lead patriots fourth in a proposed campaign for the return of all our stolen national treasures. But who I wonder will take up this cause after I depart my Medieval Wales labours of 45 years, we shall see? Perhaps an Adfywiad Gwladgarol Newydd - Cymric Consciousness Campaign that just might arise at a future Rali Cilmeri? perhaps this year? maybe!
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My many thanks to Anthony Edwards & Edgar Pritchard for above account of the last day of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd 'Tywysog Cymru.
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Gethin Gruffydd - Welsh Remembrancer.
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