Added on: 16/05/2024 Publish Date: 2024 201 Cymraeg Yn Unig

Old Wives Tales


There were no witch hunts in Wales. A surprisingly small number of 'witches' were found guilty and hanged in Wales. Only five, compared to more than 200,000 women who were hanged or burned in western Europe after being accused of 'witchcraft' between 1484 and 1750. There are several ‘old wives tales’ or superstitions about witches where the Welsh experience is mistakenly combined or confused by English or British lore and history.

The Coel Gwrach project is an attempt to ensure that Gwen, Rhydderch, Lowri, Agnes and Margaret get their place in history through the medium of Welsh, their own language rather than the language of the court, but also so that that their stories get a second chance to be heard in society.

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