TO HER HUSBAND FOR BEATING HER
—translated from the Middle Welsh by A.M. Juster
—from Rattle #55, Spring 2017
Gwerful Mechain (fl. 1460–1502), who lived in Mechain in Powys, is among the most famous female Welsh-language poets. Little is known of her life, but it has been stated that she was a descendant of a noble family from Llanfechain. This englyn may be the earliest extant poem against domestic violence written by a woman. Note: Audio read by Lynne Rees.