Princes of Deheubarth

Dinefwr Castle

Dinefwr Castle

Title: Princes of Deheubarth: The March of Power in Southern Wales
Date: June 2010
Creator: Red Kite Environment & Associates

The plan provides a framework for interpreting “the dynastic rise and fall” of the Princes of Deheubarth (c930 to 1287) and their impact upon culture and landscape within south west Wales. It includes the story of characters like Lord Rhys and sites such as Carreg Cennen, Cardigan, Dinefwr and Nevern Castles; and Abbeys such as Strata Florida and Tally, This plan fits into the broader story strand of the ‘Castles and princes of Medieval Wales and the fight for independence’. In particular it has close links to the ‘Lords of the Southern March’ interpretation plan.

The approach
The plan suggests that as this story is not well known to most people, the storytelling would need to rely on universal subjects such as “the struggle to survive” and “the fight to retain power and identity”. It advocates the use of characters to ‘hang stories on’, i.e. a mix of real people (relying on historic records relating to the lords, their families etc.) and more generic characters (servant girls, builders, stewards and so on).

The plan also highlights how historic sites could be clustered geographically to help tell the story. A wide range of on-site and remote interpretative media is suggested.