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... and the Great; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES COMMENT DEBATE &.

| SIR - I am sure that I will not be the first to point out to Gwilym Levell and your readers that there are many monarchs in addition to England's Saxon King Alfred (871-99) who are commonly known as "the Great" - some of whom were known as such at the time in their lifetime and some who gained the approbation after death. (Letters, Aug 19).

Our own Rhodri Mawr (Rhodri the Great) King of Wales (844-78), like Alfred, was accorded the approbation after death and also as with Alfred this was principally because of his victories against the Vikings in the defence of his country.

It was Rhodri, incidentally, not as implied by Gwilym Levell, Alfred (who was fighting the Vikings in Anglia at the time), who defeated the Vikings in Anglesey, and in so doing helped keep the north and the rest of Wales Viking-free.

However, after Rhodri, the Vikings never came back to Wales, whereas in England with the demise of Alfred's line, the Danish Viking Canute became King of England on the death of Ethelred the Unready in 1016.

Canute was also a "Great" - known as "Cnut the Great". Canute was a most enlightened King of England who on his death in 1035 was buried in Winchester and whom many regard to be just as "Great" as Alfred.

There were many other "Greats" - Alexander, Constantine, Frederick, and Catherine immediately spring to mind - as well as our own Llewelyn the Great, Prince of Wales (1200-40). It is Llewellyn, as I am sure your readers will recall, who is the great-grandfather (30 "greats") of the new royal baby Prince George.

As Llewelyn is also the great-gandson of Rhodri Mawr (12 'greats'), George is in the direct line of descent of Rhodri and his Welsh predecessors - records of which go back to the Roman times - which ended in 5th century.

The Saxons began their take-over of England in the 6th century.

PHILIP GRICE Carmarthen
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 22, 2013
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