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PERYF ap CEDIFOR WYDDEL ( fl. 1170 ), poet .

He was one of eight brothers at least, seven of whom were foster-brothers of Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd (q.v.) . When Hywel was slain at Pentraeth , Anglesey ( 1170 ), in battle against his half-brothers, Dafydd and Rhodri , the sons of Christina , the seven stood by him. Some of them were also slain, and three only of them escaped injury. Ithel , the other brother, had already been killed at Rhuddlan , at an earlier date, while fighting for Owain Gwynedd , and a series of englynion lamenting his death had been composed by Cynddelw ( Myv. Arch. 174a).

On p. 346 of the Myv. Arch. we find a series of elegiac englynion by Peryf to Hywel , and in the Hendreg. MS. 126a , and in the Myv. Arch. 281b, there is an anonymous series, which are clearly the work of one of the seven foster-brothers. There is every reason for accepting the opinion expressed by Thomas Price ( Hanes Cymru , 584-7) and by Thomas Stephens ( Literature of the Kymry , 39-41) that these very fine englynion were also composed by Peryf .

Author:

David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland

Published date: 1959