Poets of the Princes

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The term Poets of the Princes (Beirdd y Tywysogion) refers to the Welsh poets of the 12th and 13th centuries, up until the death of Llywelyn in 1282, when Wales effectively lost its independence. The poetry typically celebrates the renoun of the patron Prince, and is refined in diction.

The bulk of the extant poetry from this period survives in four manuscripts. These are the Black Book of Caermarthen, the Book of Taliesin, the Hendregadredd Manuscript and the Red Book of Hergest.