The Welsh Prince who discovered America

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Madoc ab Owain; prince of Gwynedd and legend would have it, brave explorer of the New World.Born circa 1142 at Dolwyddelan Castle, Madoc was the son of the great Welsh ruler Owain Gwynedd. Illegitimate, as were several of his siblings, under Welsh law of the time, he nevertheless was recognized as a prince.

By all accounts, the young Prince Madoc spent his formative years in the Norse city of Dublin, and likely learned the skills of sailing and ship building from his time there.

These were turbulent times though and Madoc would have returned to a Gwynedd whose borders were under constant threat from the Norman king, Henry II, from Marcher Lords and from his father’s own brother Cadwaladr.

In 1170, the death of Owain Gwynedd left a power vacuum in the kingdom of Gwynedd, and internal squabbling between several of his sons.

1170 The Story of how Prince Madoc discovered America

The first part of the story wends its way through the rugged mountains terrain of Snowdonia, across the treacherous Menai Straits to the Norse city of Dublin, itself wracked in conflict, and striving to remain free of expanding Norman influence. The dramatic turning point occurs on the Isle of Anglesey, the ancient Druidic capital of Wales.

As the adventure continues, Madoc and his band of adventurers strike out for a new life, away from bitter sibling rivalry and infighting.

On the way they encounter an arrogant and dangerous lord, an ambitious bishop, an Irish hating giant psychopath, and a vindictive Icelandic chieftain, whilst all the while being trailed by a deadly Welsh mercenary.

Prince Madoc and his companions find themselves in a strange new world. As they travel this new domain they will encounter friendly and not so friendly locals, bewildering beasts, hallucinogenic liquors and mighty cities.

They will suffer treachery and tragedies that will test their powers of diplomacy, endurance, belief and fighting spirit.

Can they overcome adversity to triumph and will love conquer all?

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1170 The Story of how Prince Madoc discovered America