St. Cadoc 497-580 AD/CE

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 St. Cadoc 497-580 AD/CE


St Cadoc farther is said to have been Gwynllyw of Gwent, and his mother from the lineage of Byrchan Brycheiniog. St Cadoc is mostly associated with the site at Llancarfan. However the saints cult also spread elsewhere . into Caerlleon within Glamorgan and into his native area along with.Gwent. However other church dedications to Cadoc has been identified in areas of Pembrokeshire, Almwch on Ynys Mon, Scotland inclusive of Brittany. However this saint is also known under various names, Caffael, cadoc, cadog and catwg.

On the other hand the story circulating in the 12th century concerning Cadoc nominated him as a Brenin or King and not a traditional hermit following similar traditions of the Desert Fathers. He shared a small proportion of bread in hospitality with other knights who passes by, but Cadoc was concerned there was not enough to feed them all; but placed his faith in the divine of having enough for everyone less he be cursed. However it would appear there was plenty to go around Illtudt has also been given the status of a knight, who lifted the curse by abstaining from taking the bread, thus enough was available. The story which the courtier Walter Map leaves us is tainted from a period in which the Knight Templars' had recently been given a papal rule and decree recognize in 1128 by Rome. It then is probably no surprise that the early hermits and later saints become placed within the present understanding at the time of its recording.


Bowen, E.G., The Settlements of the Celtic Saints in Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1954

Lloyd, J.E., The History of Wales, vol. 1 1911

Map, W., De Nugis Curialium, Honourable Cymmrodorion Society London, 1923

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