Moliant Cadwallon ‘In praise of Cadwallon’

  • Early Welsh
  • Medieval Welsh poetry
Early Welsh poem in honour of Cadwallon ap Cadfan, king of Gwynedd, who died in 634.
Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS 9094
A number of lines only.
  • Early Welsh


Medieval Welsh poetryMedieval Welsh poetry



Cadwallon ap CadfanCadwallon ap Cadfan
(d. c. 634)
king of Gwynedd, traditionally identified with Bede’s Cædwalla in HE 3.1
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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Gruffydd, R. Geraint, “Canu Cadwallon ap Cadfan”, in: Rachel Bromwich, and R. Brinley Jones (eds), Astudiaethau ar yr hengerdd / Studies in old Welsh poetry: cyflwynedig i Syr Idris Foster, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1978. 25–43.
Edition, translation into Modern Welsh, and discussion
[tr.] Koch, John T. [tr.], “[Various contributions]”, in: John T. Koch, and John Carey (eds), The Celtic Heroic Age. Literary sources for ancient Celtic Europe and early Ireland & Wales, 4th ed., 1, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2003. [Various].
[tr.] Breeze, Andrew, “Seventh-century Northumbria and a poem to Cadwallon”, Northern History 38 (2001): 145–152.

Secondary sources (select)

Woolf, Alex, “Caedualla rex Brettonum and the passing of the Old North”, Northern History 41 (March, 2004): 5–24.
Dennis Groenewegen
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