Llandaff Charters

 

As I’ve moved from Hadrian’s Wall to Stonehenge, to places in between and then to West Wales and soon to North Wales so the book ‘The Holy Kingdom’ has served as both a guide and a map.

It tells of a history which was, apparently, accepted in Britain until the late 1700 hundreds to early 1800 hundreds when such matters as to whether or not Troy was actually myth and legend cast doubt upon the story. As the genealogy of the Kings of Britain goes back to Brutus, who came to Britain after the fall of Troy, this matters. There were other factors at play, both political and religious which made this history unacceptable to the powers that be.

I can’t distill a book into a page or so but there are areas which I can delve into myself, one of which is the Llandaff Charters. Easier said than done as the only version of this, readily available to me, is an online, digitally scanned, Google version which gives the English translation but the scanning process is not without errors. It doesn’t make it unreadable but it isn’t easy.

The Charters detail gifts of land to the Church and gives the names of  those doing the giving, the witnesses and their familial relationships and it does so in fine detail.

It is within the Charters that King Arthur – the second King Arthur – makes his appearance. The way in which dynasties are remembered and recorded isn’t very different to the biblical ‘who begat who’ and so King Tewdrig has a son Meurig who inherits the Glamorgan throne. King Meurig has sons, one of whom is Arthur, who likewise inherits and his two sons Morgan and Ithael 1st  later take their respective turns on the throne. Arthur’s time was within the sixth century.

The Welsh version of Arthur’s name is Athrwys and this raises the question to someone like myself who doesn’t speak Welsh of ‘Are they the same person?’ It’s by comparing the events in their lives that this can answered.

I would add the sections within the Google version of the Llandaff Charters that I've found but the only way that this appears to be possible involves the pages stretching to infinity which doesn't make them easy to follow.

In section 621 and 622 Appendix will be found reference to the crowning of Arthur as King of Glamorgan. There are other references.