Budic II of Brittany

Budic II (Medieval Latin: Budicius; Welsh: Budig or Buddig; c. 460 – c. 550), formerly known as Budick, was a king of Cornouaille in Brittany in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He was the father of Hoel Mawr and is probably to be identified with the Emyr Llydaw ("Emperor of Brittany") and King Nentres who appear in Arthurian legend.[1] Upon his death, his kingdom was usurped by Macliau, king of the neighbouring Veneti.[2]

Life

Budic II was born in Cornouaille to a member of its royal family, either Erich[3] or Cybydan.[citation needed] He was named after his uncle Budic I. He succeeded to the throne c. 478[3] but was expelled by a cousin and fled to the court of King Aircol Lawhir of Dyfed, where another cousin Amon Ddu was employed. There, he wed Anowed or Arianwedd, the daughter of Saint Issel and the sister of Saint Teilo. After the death of his usurping relative, he returned to Cornouaille to claim the Breton throne,[1] later joined by Saint Teilo whom he reputedly persuaded to rid the area of a terrible dragon that had been terrorising the countryside.[4] Teilo was able to subdue the beast and tied it to a rock in the sea. Some sources claim he died in 545.[citation needed] However, this contradicts other sources which claim that Saint Teilo had fled to France in 549 to escape the Yellow Plague of Rhos and had spent time in Brittany in Budic's company.[5]