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Welsh Language Pages


he Castles of Wales has always recognized the importance of supporting efforts aimed at preserving the ancient Celtic language of Wales. Although considerable efforts were made in the past to suppress the learning of Welsh, it nevertheless survives as a true living language, and today there are many communities throughout Wales where Welsh is still the language of everyday life for a majority of the people.

We are therefore pleased to be able to present several pages at the Castles of Wales web site in Welsh (listed below). Additional translations are planned for the future. For those interested in learning more about the Welsh language, we have also provided links to certain Welsh language learning resources on the net, as well as other web sites that have pages available in Welsh. Cymru am Byth!


Welsh language pages available at The Castles of Wales Web Site include:

Native Welsh Castles
Strata Florida Abbey (shown at right)
Abbey Cwmhir
Dyserth Castle
Sycharth Castle
Poem: "Beware of Wales"
Gwenllian Princess of Wales
Welsh Castles of Edward I

Rhodri Fawr (d.878)
Hywel Dda (d.950 - depicted at right)
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (d.1063)
Gruffydd ap Cynan (d.1137)
Owain Gwynedd (d.1170)
Rhys ap Gruffydd (d.1197)
Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (d.1240)
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (d.1244)

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (d.1282)
The Final Campaign of Prince Llywelyn (alternate view)
Orewin Bridge and the Fall of Wales (traditional view)

Owain Lawgoch (d.1378)
Owain Glyndwr (d.1415?)


Special thanks to our translator Sian Beidas.


Other Welsh Language Links

Cymdeithas Madog Home Page - Extensive list of Welsh language resources
A Welsh Course - Online hypertext course from Brown University
Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg / Welsh Language Board


"Since 1410 most Welsh people most of the time have abandoned any idea of independence as unthinkable. But since 1410 most Welsh people, at some time or another, if only in some secret corner of the mind, have been "out with Owain and his barefoot scrubs." For the Welsh mind is still haunted by it's lightning-flash vision of a people that was free."

Gwyn A. Williams


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