Today, it premieres The Bastard Executioner. It’s a historical fiction drama television series starring Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Matthieu Charneau, and Katey Sagal. What do you expect from this show? In some aspects, it reminds Vikings.
The plot deals with fallout from the Madog ap Llywelyn Welsh rebellion. Today, nine things you should know about this tragic event:
Madog was a royal prince descended directly from Owain Gwynedd and the fifth cousin of the last Prince of Aberffraw. Thus in 1294, Madog assumed the royal titles of his predecessors including Prince of Wales.
He put himself at the head of a national revolt against King Edward I of England. Madog was helped by Cynan ap Maredudd, Maelgwn ap Rhys, and Morgan ap Maredudd.
They expected that King Edward were in France. But due to bad weather, Edward’s army was still in Britain. Of course, the king quickly cancelled the French campaign to deal with the Welsh uprising.
The crucial combat occurred at the battle of Maes Moydog in Powys on the 5th of March 1295.
Arrow fire from English archers inflicted heavy losses to Madog’s army, and many Welsh soldiers drowned trying to cross a swollen river.
Madog was a fugitive until his capture by Ynyr Fychan of Nannau. Afterwards, he was imprisoned in London until his death.
Two sons survived him: Maredudd ap Madoc ap Llywelyn (died c.1334); and Hywel ap Madoc ap Llywelyn (died c.1352).
Edward I took severe reprisals against Wales, restricting the civil rights and economic prospects.
Soon, a second rebellion would start against England, in 1316.