The Morgans of Tredegar House

Part of my new National Trust Travels blog series…             In Cardiff for my husband’s birthday, we simply had to carve out an afternoon to visit Tredegar House, a recent acquisition for the National Trust and lauded as one of the “wonders of Wales”. The familial seat of the Morgan family since […]

Hidden historical heroines (#25: Blodeuwedd)

  Blodeuwedd was known to Welsh mythology as the wife to the hero and demi-god Lleu Llaw Gyffes. Lleu’s mother, the goddess Arianrhod, has an immediate dislike for her son, resulting from the embarrassment which his birth caused her (a complicated story for another time!). Refusing to acknowledge him, she placed a tynged – a […]

Hidden historical heroines (#02: Nest ferch Rhys)

  Nest ferch Rhys (c. 1085 – c. 1136) – or Agnes, daughter of Rhys – was a Welsh princess from the High Middle Ages.   She was the eldest legitimate child of Rhys ap Tewdwr, the last King of Deheubarth, by his wife, Gwladys ferch Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn, herself a princess of Powys. Both Deheubarth and Powys were […]