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Ynyr Gwent, King of Gwent
(Born c.AD 430)
(Latin: Honorius; English: Honorius)

Ynyr Gwent was a mid-5th century monarch of the kingdom from which he took his epithet. Late tradition makes him a son of Prine Dyfnwal of Dyfed and, therefore, great great grandson of the Emperor Magnus Maximus, though this is far from certain. He was surely named after the Emperor Honorius.

In order to claim the Gwentish throne, Ynyr married King Vortimerís heiress, St. Madrun (possibly a distant cousin), and together they founded a dynasty which ruled until the Norman conquest. Ynyr may be identified with Ynwyl of Caer-Teim (Cardiff) in the medieval romance of 'Gereint and Enid'.

The King may have married a second time to Derwela, the sister of Prince Amon Ddu whose wife was the sister of Ynyr's first wife. He was supposedly converted to Christianity by St. Beuno, presumably in extreme old age, though this may have been a different man of the same name.

Upon the death of Ynyr, the throne of Gwent passed to his eldest son, Iddon.


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