Lewis Glyn Cothi (C. 1420 — 1490), also known as Llywelyn y Glyn, was a prominent Welsh poet and one of the most important representatives of the Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (“Poets of the Nobility”) or Cywyddwyr (“cywydd-men”), the itinerant professional poets. About two hundred and thirty of his poems have been preserved.

The great bard was so proud of being born in this area that he took the name of the forest as his surname, Lewys Glyn Cothi was not only the most prolific of the professional barns, but also a spin doctor for Henry Tudor (Henry V) against Richard III during the War of the Roses, in the process providing academics with evidence on how harsh the rule of the Normans had been on the Welsh nation.


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