Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s name is inspired by the Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr.
Glyndŵr the man
Owain Glyndŵr is arguably the most famous Welshman of all. An enterprising and charismatic individual, he dreamt of a Wales with its own government and its own universities. Today he is still seen as symbol of hope and learning.
Born near Wrexham circa 1355, Glyndŵr was a nobleman who descended from a number of Welsh royal houses. As a local man, he was a figure with strong ties to North East Wales.
Glyndŵr the scholar
Owain Glyndŵr was a highly educated man, who studied law at the Inns of Court in London. He was fluent in four languages and he advocated the creation of a University in both North and South Wales.
Glyndŵr the nation builder
Fiercely proud of his Welsh roots, Glyndŵr united Wales and dedicated his life to building an effective and prosperous European nation. Ahead of his time, he believed in the four pillars on which a modern nation is based: parliament, independent judiciary, freedom of speech and automony of universities.
In 1404, Glyndŵr called a parliament of Welsh representatives from across Wales. He overhauled the legal system of Wales and revived the codified laws of Hywel Dda.
Glyndŵr the soldier
A skilful strategist and fierce warrior, Glyndŵr fought in the English army as a supporter of the English King, Richard II. When Richard was usurped by Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), Glyndŵr led his forces against the usurper and defended his homeland. Against superior odds, he led his fellow Welshmen to their greatest victory at the Battle of Bryn Glas in 1402.
Glyndŵr the internationalist
Glyndŵr was proudly Welsh, but realised that Wales needed to look beyond its own boundaries, especially in the pursuit of learning and scholarship. As an internationalist, he forged meaningful relationships with other countries, most notably France.
Glyndŵr the legend
Glyndŵr lives on in Welsh culture and has been celebrated in word and song. Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 features a character called Owen Glendower, whilst in 2007 the Manic Street Preachers released a song about the great Welsh hero entitled ‘1404’. In a Millennium Poll of 100 influential international people, Owain Glyndŵr was ranked seventh, above Sir Isaac Newton and Abraham Lincoln.
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