Battle of Mechain
|Battle of Mechain|
Bleddyn ap Cynfyn |
Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn †
Maredudd ap Gruffydd † |
Idwal ap Gruffydd †
After the murder of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, Harold Godwinson married his widow Ealdgyth and divided Gruffydd's realm into the traditional kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys, the rule of which were given to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn and his brother Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn. Gruffydd left two sons— Maredudd and Idwal–who in 1070 challenged Bleddyn and Rhiwallon at Mechain in an attempt to win back part of their father's kingdom. However, both sons were defeated, Idwal (or Ithel) being killed in combat and Maredudd dying of exposure after the battle.
Rhiwallon was also killed in this battle, leaving Bleddyn to rule Gwynedd and Powys alone.
- "Battle of Mechain". www.llanfechain.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
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