Today In History
Wales was doing its damnedest to resist subjugation by the English, mainly in the form of Edward I — Edward Longshanks, Hammer of the Scots (what great nicknames; these days he’d be “Edso” or something).
There are various versions of how his death went down, but the tale with the most veracity is that he marched at the front of his army to the forces of Edmund and Roger Mortimer, Hugo Le Strange and Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn, who were to give him homage. Instead he was ambushed, separated from his army and chased into the woods, where he was surrounded, struck down, killed and his hand was cut from his body. In other words, the English are Shawn Thornton.
Though the Welsh fought on briefly, the House of Gwynedd would be eradicated and Wales brought under the English crown.