Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 1st St David's Day Talk and Lunch

Statue of Llewlyn the Great at Conway
Statue of Llewelyn the Last in Cardiff City Hall
 As a theme for St David's Day, we chose the Princes of Wales.  Linda Asman gave a talk which traced the evolution of Wales into a country of separate kingdoms, the greatest of which was Gwynedd.  Unity was almost achieved in the reign of Llewellyn the Great and, after him, during the reign of his grandson Llewellyn the Last who was in fact recognized as Prince of Wales in 1267 by Henry III, King of England.  His power was greatly reduced by Henry's successor Edward I and he was killed in a skirmish at Cilmeri,near Builth Wells in 1286.  The title of Prince of Wales was  adopted by Edward who declared his own son Edward Prince of Wales at Caernarfon in 1301. The title has since been bestowed on the heir to the throne.  
After the talk, a St David's Day lunch was provided jointly with Monkton Priory Church. The event proved even more popular than last year and a total of £419 was raised.  

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