Welsh History, Castles in Wales

    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 VllRichard 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!

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    Abraham Lincoln

    President of the USA. Perhaps the greatest statesman to grace the American political theatre.

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    Henry Tudor (VII)

    Raised a Franco/Scot/Welsh army and defeated the infamous English King Richard the 3rd at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

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    Saint David

    Founded a monastery at St. David's in Pembrokeshire. The patron saint of Wales. Negotiated half day holiday for Welsh schools every 1st March (or maybe this came later since he died nearly 1500 years ago).

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    Hopkin Rees

    Founder of Peking (Beijing) University, China, which grew out of the city's language school set up in 1869 by Missionary Hopkin Rees

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