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Cardiff course marks anniversary of the original Welsh rebel

05 February 2009

This year marks the 650th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Welsh rebel leader, Owain Glyn Dwr.

Glyn Dwr orchestrated the most serious and widespread rebellion against English authority in Wales since the conquest of 1282-3. Welsh rebels under his command defeated the English and, for a short time, established their own Welsh state, independent of English rule.

Now a course at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning will examine Glyn Dwr’s rise and fall, and explore the significant aspects of this dramatic conflict.

The ten week course, presented by Gideon Brough, will provide an overview of the conflict between Glyn Dwr and Henry IV's government. He will look at Glyn Dwr's military successes and how he achieved so much with such scant resources.

Gideon Brough is a postgraduate student researching Military and Diplomatic relations between Wales and France in the Medieval Period at Cardiff University. He has previously worked as an advisor on Peter Snow’s Battlefield Britain series examining the Glyn Dwr revolt and was the originator and key contributor of the BBC Wales radio series Discovering Glyndwr. More recently, Gideon also appeared in BBC Wales’s dramatic historical documentary Glyndwr: The Last Welsh Prince screened on St David’s day 2006.

Gideon said: "Owain Glyn Dwr has a lasting legacy. The course will explore the significance of his nation state and Welsh parliament. We will also examine how poetic and literary traditions, from the medieval Welsh bards to Shakespeare, have ensured Glyn Dwr’s enduring mythical place as a Welsh national hero."

The ten weekly sessions on Owain Glyn Dwr will be held in the University’s Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, starting on Thursday 12th February 2009. The course fee is £68.50 (£55.00 concessions). A fee waiver scheme exists for those claiming DWP benefits, working tax credit or job seekers allowance. For more information please contact the Centre on 029 2087 0000 or visit the website


1. For further details visit: or contact Dr. David Wyatt at , Tel: 029 2087 5397. The course offers 10 weekly meetings on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm starting from the12th of February 2009. The fee is £68.50 (concessions available).

2. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, providing 700 courses in more than 100 venues across South East Wales. The Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning provides part time education for adults in 12 of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million. It also offers Professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Gideon Brough
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University


Jessica Kelly
Public Relations Office
Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 870995