Judwal, Prince of Domnonée
Prince Judwal’s father, Prince
Jonas, was killed when he was still a lad and he was
brought up by his apparently kind and generous step-father, King Conomor alias
of Cerniw & Poher. One day, however, Judwal’s mother dreamt that all the
kings in Brittany paid homage to her son while he sat upon a mountain. The King
Conomor, who had in fact murdered Judwal’s father, became highly disturbed by
such a supremacy dream and plotted to his newfound family. However, Judwal and
his mother got wind of the plot and escaped to St. Lunaire's monastery, from
where the holy man sent them on to King Childebert in Paris.
Judwal grew up at the Frankish Court, and when he reached adulthood in the
mid-6th century, he was encouraged by St. Samson to return to
Domnonée and claim his inheritance. People rallied to his cause from all over
the principality and he soon had an army of followers large enough to confront
Conomor. They clashed in battle on three occasions and, each time, Judwal was
victorious. He quickly secured his position on the Domnonian throne, while
Conomor fled across the Channel to Cerniw.
He was eventually succeeded by his son, Judhael,
and his many grandsons.