The Story Of Wales: Power Struggles

7:00pm Wednesday 3 October on BBC TWO

In the second episode of The Story Of Wales, broadcaster Huw Edwards visits the longest ancient monument in Britain, Offa’s Dyke, built in the 8th century, and marking the first territorial border between what would become England and Wales.

Though the people behind the dyke were often thought of as uncivilised, Huw discovers there is evidence of a sophisticated people as he visits a crannog – an artificial island – in Llangorse lake in the Brecon Beacons, where a royal palace once stood.

Huw also looks into the legacy of Hywel Dda, who gave Wales its first written laws – some with a surprisingly modern flavour. He also visits the abbey at Strata Florida in Ceredigion, reviews the impact of the death of Llywelyn the Last, acknowledged by the English king as Prince of Wales, and tells of the rebellious exploits of probably Wales’s greatest hero, Owain Glyndwr, who anointed himself with the latter title after being roundly snubbed by Parliament when he took a grievance to them.

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