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Brochfael Ysgythrog, King of Powys
(born c.502)

(Latin-Brogmaglus, English-Brockmail)

Brochfael of the Tusks presumably had very big teeth! He was a younger son of King Cyngen Glodrydd who lived in the early 6th century. The famous Taliesin was his bard for a time. Brochfael is particularly known for an incident involving St. Melangell. This stunning young woman had taken to the life of a hermit, living in a small cell in the Powys wilds. One day, Brochfael was out hunting a hare when the creature made for Melangell's hermitage and hid in her skirts. The dogs would not attack, and the King became so enamoured of the lady's pious beauty that he asked her to marry him. She humbly declined, so Brochfael gave her land to build a monastery instead. He should not be identified with the Commander of Caer-Legion, of the same name, who died at the great battle there in 613. Brochfael of Powys was buried at Pentrefoelas in Gwynedd where the grave of a six foot man, with a covering slab bearing the name "Brohomagli", has been uncovered.


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