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Caradoc of Llancarfan (Welsh: Caradog o Lancarfan) was a Welsh cleric and author who was associated with Llancarfanmarker in Walesmarker during the 12th century. He is generally accepted to be the author of a Life of Gildas and of a Life of Saint Cadog in Latin.

He was a contemporary of Geoffrey of Monmouth, author of the Historia Regum Britanniae. At the end of his pseudo-history, Geoffrey refers to Caradoc writing its continuation covering the period from 689 to his own times, a reference to the genuine historical chronicle Brut y Tywysogion. None of the extant medieval copies in Latin and Welsh of Brut y Tywysogion mention Caradog as author of the text.

In the 16th century, in his Historie of Cambria, Welsh antiquary David Powel claimed his work was a continuation of Caradoc's chronicle. At the end of the 18th century, Iolo Morganwg wrote what he claimed was Caradoc's lost chronicle, Brut Aberpergwm. Published in The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales, the work became one of the most influential and best-known of Iolo's numerous literary and antiquarian forgeries. Like the rest of Iolo's work, it gives Morgannwgmarker (Glamorganmarker) a central place in early and medieval Welsh history.

References

  1. G. J. Williams, Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (University of Wales Press, 1948), pp. 3-4.



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