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Owain Glyndŵr (or as the English say, Glendower)

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I recently read and reviewed Blue Lily, Lily Bluethe third book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. It’s a really great read, and I recommend it to all. Part of the plot is to do with the dead Welsh king, Owain Glyndŵr, and that got me thinking. As a Welsh person, I’ve grown up with stories about heroes such as Glyndŵr, and I realised that people who aren’t Welsh probably didn’t. So, I figured, why not share some facts about this Welsh hero?

Fact #1

You may have heard him referred to as Owen Glendower. If you’ve read The Raven Cycle, then you definitely have. Typically, this pronunciation is the English version. Welsh speakers tend to pronounce his name as Owain Glyndŵr. But Owen Glendower is fine, Welsh names can be pretty weird to pronounce. (Just look at some of our place names!)

Fact #2

He was the last native Welsh person to have the title Prince of Wales. Since then, all Princes of Wales have been the firstborn sons of the current monarch (but none of them are actually Welsh).

Fact #3

He’s famous for being the leader of a rebellion against the English. (That’s kind of the main reason the Welsh love him.) In 1400, he started the Welsh Revolt against Henry IV of England. He was proclaimed Prince of Wales at Glyndyfrdwy (in north Wales), and led a pretty successful uprising. Well, it was successful at first. Things went south and the Revolt ended in 1412. After that, we don’t really know much about what happened to him.

Fact #4

This is less of a fact and, well, more of a video with a lot of facts. It’s worth the watch. Trust me.

There’s also way more information around on the internet about him. Wikipedia, BBC History, and the Owain Glyndŵr Centre are good, just to name a few sites to look at.


5 thoughts on “Owain Glyndŵr (or as the English say, Glendower)

    1. I just love the fact that she’s decided to use history that isn’t usually talked about much apart from in Wales. And she puts such a good twist on things too!

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