Trawsganu Kynan Garwyn mab Brochuael

  • Middle Welsh, Old Welsh
  • Medieval Welsh poetry
Alliterative poem addressed to Cynan Garwyn, king of Powys (second half of the 6th century). It alludes to a number of his victories, on the River Wye, against the men of Gwent, on Anglesey, and in Dyfed, Brycheiniog and Cornwall.
See Thornton, "Cynan Garwyn (fl. c.550–c.600)."
Ascribed to: TaliesinTaliesin
(fl. 6th century)
renowned British poet, known both as a historical poet at the court of Urien and other rulers and as a more fictionalised persona of supreme status. Poems attributed to him survive in the 14th-century manuscript now known as the Book of Taliesin (NLW Peniarth 2).
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  • Middle Welsh Old Welsh
  • Middle Welsh, with some "reflexes of Old Welsh orthography" (Isaac)
10th century (Isaac), second half of the 6th century (Williams)


Medieval Welsh poetryMedieval Welsh poetry



Cynan GarwynCynan Garwyn
(fl. 2nd half of the 6th century)
Ruler of Powys.
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Primary sources

[ed.] [tr.] Isaac, Graham R. [ed. and tr.], “Trawsganu Kynan Garwyn mab Brochuael: a tenth-century political poem”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 51 (1999): 173–185.
[ed.] Williams, Ifor [ed.], The poems of Taliesin, tr. J. E. Caerwyn Williams, Mediaeval and Modern Welsh Series, 3, Dublin: DIAS, 1968.

Secondary sources (select)

Thornton, David E., “Cynan Garwyn (fl. c.550–c.600)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/51393>.
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