The Story of Taliesin

Taliesin or Taliessin (c. 534–c.599) is the earliest poet of the Welsh language whose work has survived.

His name is associated with the Book of Taliesin, a book of poems written down in the 10th century but which most scholars believed to date in large part from the 6th century.

He is believed to have been the chief bard in the courts of at least three British kings of that era.

In legend he attained the status “Chief Bard of Britain” and as such would have been responsible for judging poetry competitions among all the royal bards of Britain.

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