Branwen

British - A giantess. A love-goddess. Daughter of Llyr and Iweriadd. Sister of Bran and Manawydan. Wife of Matholwch. Mother of Gwern. She married the king of Ireland, but out of smouldering resentment caused by the maiming of the horses of Matholwch's entourage by her crazy half-brother Efnisien, she was badly treated and sent a message with a starling to her brother Bran who invaded with an army to rescue her. Matholwch surrendered without a fight but Efnisien pushed the king's son, Gwern, into the fire and killed him. In the fight that ensued most of the participants on both sides were killed. Bran was mortally wounded and died soon afterwards and Branwen died of grief at the loss of both her brother and her son. On occassion, known as Branwen, Brangaene, Brangaene, Branwen, Branwen, Brangaine, Brangaine, Branwen, Branwen, Brangien, Brangien, Branwen, Branwen, Brangwain, Brangwain, Brangwaine, Brangwaine, Brangwine, Brangwine, Branwen, Branwen, Brengwain, Brengwain, Branwen, Branwen, Bronwen, Bronwen, Branwen or Branwen.
British - An attendant on Isolde. She was sent with Isolde, when Tristram came to Ireland, to escort Isolde to marry Mark of Cornwall and she carried the love potion to ensure a successful marriage. Instead, it was drunk by Isolde and Tristram who fell hopelessly in love. In some accounts Branwen slept with Mark on the night of his wedding with Isolde, deceiving him into thinking Isolde was still a virgin. Isolde then tried to kill her and keep the secret but failed. Branwen later had an affair with Kaherdin. She was said to have married Gourvernail who became king of Lyonesse. Occasionally identified as Branwen, Brangaene, Brangaene, Branwen, Branwen, Brangaine, Brangaine, Branwen, Branwen, Brangien, Brangien, Branwen, Branwen, Brangwain, Brangwain, Brangwaine, Brangwaine, Brangwine, Brangwine, Branwen, Branwen, Brengwain, Brengwain, Branwen, Branwen, Bronwen, Bronwen, Branwen or Branwen.

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