Gwenwynwyn ap Owain
Conflict with Llywelyn the Great
Conflict with King John
King John favoured Gwenwynwyn until a marriage alliance was made between Llywelyn and John's illegitimate daughter. The two native princes then kept their distance until 1208. As a result of Gwenwynwyn's activities, John confiscated his lands and allowed Llywelyn to appropriate Ceredigion and Powys.
Gwenwynwyn did not get his territory back for two years, but his resentment towards the English led him into an alliance with Llywelyn, which lasted from 1212 until 1216, when John restored some of Gwenwynwyn's property and the two Welsh princes fell out again.
- 1187 Attacks Carreghofa Castle at night with his brother Cadwallon, killing their uncle Owain Fychan
- 1195 Becomes ruler of Powys Wenwynwyn
- c. 1198 Assists Maelgwn ap Rhys in taking Aberystwyth castle and capturing his brother Gruffydd ap Rhys II. Gwenwynwyn hands Gruffydd over to the English
- c. 1198 Raises a large army and besieges Painscastle. Gruffydd, released by the English, engages Gwenwynwyn with a large force and defeats him.
- c. 1202 Swears allegiance to Llywelyn the Great
- 1208 Arrested by King John and his lands annexed by Llywelyn.
- c. 1210 Freed by John and recovers his possessions. He accompanies John on his expedition into Wales.
- 1211 Takes up arms for Llywelyn.
- c. 1216 Deserts to John, pursued by Llywelyn who takes his lands, and takes refuge in Chester.
Death and legacy
Llywelyn invaded Powys, and Gwenwynwyn is believed to have died or been killed that same year. He was survived by his son Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn whose actions in 1282 are blamed by many for the death of the last native prince of an independent Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.
- Williams, Richard (1887). The royal tribes of Wales; To which is added an account of The fifteen tribes of north Wales. With numerous additions and notes, preface and index. Liverpool I. Foulkes. Unknown ID AFV-0947.
- Yorke, Philip (1887). The Royal Tribes of Wales. London: Isaac Foulkes. pp. 61–64.
|Prince of Powys Wenwynwyn
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Llywelyn the Great