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HYWEL ab EDWIN (d. 1044 ), king of Deheubarth ;

son of Edwin ab Einion and great-grandson of Hywel Dda (q.v.) . When, in 1033 , the usurper , Rhydderch ap Iestyn (q.v.) [No article found] , d., Hywel and his brother Maredudd , as senior heirs of Hywel Dda , became joint kings of Deheubarth . Maredudd 's death in 1035 left Hywel sole ruler, and on him fell the brunt of defending the south against the Vikings and the northern usurper , Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (q.v.) . Expelled by Gruffudd in 1042 or 1043 , he returned in 1044 , with the Danes as allies, and was killed in battle at the mouth of the Towy .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest

Author:

Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959