Series : Poets of the Nobility

22: Gwaith Mathau Brwmffild 

Front cover of 'Gwaith Mathau Brwmffild'

A. Cynfael Lake
Published   2002
ISBN 0 947531 76 9
Publisher  Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru
Price £10.00
Size 234 x 156mm
Format Clawr papur/Paperback, xv+129

Mathau Brwmffild or Matthew of Bromfield was a wandering poet from Maelor Gymraeg (Welsh Maelor) who sang between c.1530 and 1545. Twenty-one of his poems have survived, comprising awdlau, cywyddau and englynion. With the exception of one surviving love poem, they are all traditional eulogistic or elegiac poems. He travelled all over Wales and visited homes in the counties of Anglesey, Caernarfon, Merioneth, Denbigh, Flint, Carmarthen and Cardigan. He praised gentlemen who enjoyed the company of bards, men such as Sir William Gruffudd of Penrhyn, Lewys Gwyn, Trefesgob, and Gruffudd Dwnn, Ystradmerthyr, but he also sang to individuals to whom no other poems have survived.