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Book Review: The Welsh Fasting Girl

In the mid- to late-1800s, a phenomenon known as “fasting girls” were documented in the Americas and Europe. These young girls, usually preteens, claimed that they could survive for long periods of time without eating.

During the Middle Ages, some saints were said to have been able to survive without nourishment. Because of this precedence, many of the Victorian-age faithful regarded these fasting girls as miraculous and saw this self-starvation as a sign of sanctity. As a result, these young girls became spectacles, put on display, often for a price and always at a cost.

Thankfully, the fascination with fasting girls faded. Doctors eventually determined that these girls had suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder where food intake is restricted as a way to cope with negative emotions.

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Llywelyn ap Iorwerth

On this day, 11 April 1240, Llywelyn “Fawr” ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), the longest reigning ruler of Welsh principalities, died in Aberconwy, Gwynedd, Wales. (He was my 23rd and 24th great-grandfather.)

Born circa 1173, Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was the only child of Iorwerth “Drwyndwn” ap Owain and Marared ferch Madog. Llywelyn’s father was the eldest surviving son of Owain Gwynedd, prince of Gwynedd. In 1174, Iorwerth ap Owain died in at the Battle at Pennant Melangell. His mother was the daughter of Madog ap Maredudd, Prince of Powys. Through her, Llywelyn is descended from Rhodri Mawr, king of Wales.

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Gilbert “The Red” de Clare

On 7 December 1295, Gilbert “The Red” de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, 7th Earl of Gloucester, 3rd Lord of Glamorgan, 9th Lord of Clare, passed away. He was my 23rd great-grandfather through his daughter Eleanor, my 24th great-grandfather through his daughter Elizabeth, and my 22nd great-grandfather through his daughter Margaret. He was also my 24th great-uncle through his sister Rohese “Rose” de Clare (my 23rd great-grandmother).

Gilbert de Clare was born on 2 September 1243, at Christchurch, Hampshire. He was the son of Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Gloucester, and of Maud de Lacy, Countess of Lincoln.

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Roger de Mortimer

On this day, 26 February 1360, Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March and 4th Baron of Mortimer died. He was my 21st great-grandfather.

Roger de Mortimer was born on 11 November 1328, to parents Edmund Mortimer and Elizabeth de Badlesmere.

In 1330, the family lands and titles were stripped from the Mortimer family after Roger’s paternal grandfather, Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, revolted against the Crown and was hanged. The next year, 1331, Roger’s father, Edmund died. Consequently, Roger de Mortimer grew up with uncertain prospects.

However, the king was sympathetic to young Roger. As Roger de Mortimer matured, he gradually was able to restore the family estates and honors. About 1342, Roger de Mortimer was granted Radnor Castle, along with the lands of Gwrthvyrion, Presteign, Knighton, and Norton (all in Wales); these were put under the care of his stepfather William de Bohun, Earl of Northampton until Roger de Mortimer’s maturity. In 1343, Roger de Mortimer received the old family baronial seat at Wigmore, Herefordshire.

On 12 September 1344, at the age of 17, Roger de Mortimer distinguished himself at a tournament at Hereford.

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Richard “Copped Hat” FitzAlan

On this day, 24 January, in the year 1376, Richard “Copped Hat” FitzAlan passed away. He was my 21st great-grandfather through his granddaughter Alianore Holland and my 20th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Margaret Holland.

Born in Sussex, England circa 1313, Richard was the eldest son of Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, and Alice de Warenne. His parents were married in 1305, despite the fact that in 1304, his father was fined for refusing to marry Alice. (Their betrothal had been arranged by Alice’s grandfather, the Earl of Surrey, Edmund’s guardian.) However, Edmund changed his mind after the earl died; Alice was the earl’s heiress presumptive, whose only brother was married to a ten-year old.

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