History: Kings, Princes, Myths & Legends
Welsh history is full of misinterpretation, legends and myths. When famouswelsh.com started in 1999 King Arthur was still thought of as pure ledgend or myth in its own right. Now of course there's plenty of indicators to be sure there is truth buried in the ledgends. Misinterpretation on the Arthurian legend alone is staggering, most people believe he was an early English King, odd when England didn't exist then.
We've started here with Arthur because he is so well known all our readers, world wide can relate to this. However, there are lots of other stories and strings of Celtic culture that survive to this day. Within our listings you'll find references to personalities who have made such a great impression their presence is still with us like Edwin Hughes, Henry Vll, Richard Americk and other great characters.
The Black Prince
Edward, Prince of Wales, known as 'The Black Prince' was born in Woodstock, England on the 15th of June 1330. The eldest son of Edward the third and Philippa of Hainaut, his contemporaries knew him as Edward of Woodstock.
He was not known as the Black Prince until after the 16th century. His nickname is supposed to have been derived from his wearing of black armour. In 1333 he was made Earl of Chester and just four years later in 1337 he became the Duke of Cornwall, being the first duke ever created in England and a title held by the Prince of Wales even today!
President of the USA. Perhaps the greatest statesman to grace the American political theatre.
Ann GriffithsHymn writer, devout theologian, 1776-1805.
AsserNinth century Welsh monk of St. David's. Biographer of 'Alfred the Great'.
Beau RichardEstablished the city of Bath as centre of fashionable society.
Bishop William MorganBishop William Morgan translated the Bible into Welsh. Published 1588
Brymbo ManOne of Wales' prehistoric residents. His skull was expertly reconstructed to see how he would have looked. The result is on display in the Wrexham Museum.
- Button Gwinnett, historical personality with a Welsh connection!
- Daniel Morgan, historical personality with a Welsh connection!
- Edward II, historical personality with a connection to Wales (Caernarfon)
- Edwin Hughes, historical personality with a connection to Wales (Wrexham)
- Eifion, historical personality with a Welsh connection!
- Elihu Yale, historical personality with a connection to Wales (Denbigh, Wrexham, Denbighshire)