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CHRISTINA .

Second wife of Owain Gwynedd , was the daughter of Gronw (d. 1124 ), son of Owain ab Edwin and, accordingly, her husband's first cousin. The marriage was not recognized by the Church , and Becket and Alexander III , not long before Owain 's death, urged a separation. But the prince , whose affection for Christina is manifest, was obdurate and, in consequence, died under excommunication. As a widow, she actively supported her sons Dafydd and Rhodri , in their attack upon their half-brother Hywel in 1170 ; an unknown poet , playing upon her name, speaks bitterly of her unchristian behaviour. The Welsh form of her name is Cristin ; the ‘ Crisiant ’ of the Gwentian Brut ( Myv. Arch. , ii, 572) is a fancy of Iolo Morganwg .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest , 522, 549.

Author:

Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor

Published date: 1959