At first, he sought security from further attack by an alliance with the Danish kingdom of York , but this bore little fruit, and instead he turned to Alfred of Wessex . He was cordially received; honour and gifts were bestowed upon him, and the king stood as his godfather at confirmation. In return, he promised obedience to Alfred as over-king , a position which gave him equality with Ethelred of Mercia . Such was his standing in 893 , according to Asser ; it was with English help that in 895 he ravaged Ceredigion and Ystrad Tywi , held most likely by his brother Cadell . He d. in 916 , to be succeeded by his son Idwal Foel ( the Bald ) .
From Anarawd were descended the later rulers of Gwynedd , as those of Deheubarth were from Cadell . It was but to be expected that the men of the South should later contend that Cadell was the elder of the two, but the evidence is against this view. It was fully discussed and controverted by Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt in British Antiquities Revived ( Oxford , 1662 ; reprinted, Bala , 1834 ).
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor
Published date: 1959