(Born c. 538CE)
(Welsh-Arthfael, Latin-Artmaglus, English-Arthmail)
Prince Armel was one of
several saintly sons of King Hoel I Mawr. He was said to have
been born in South Wales during his father's time at the Court of King
Arthur. He later returned to his father's kingdom and with the
help of King Childebert of the Franks, founded the monasteries of
Plouarmel (Saint-Armel-des-Boschaux) and Ploërmel. Armel died and was
buried at the former in the late 6th century. His shrine can still be seen
The usual representation of him wearing armor beneath a chasuble,
leading a dragon by his stole tied around its neck, remembers the old
legend that he saved Brittany from such a beast by forcing it to drown
itself in the river at Mont-Saint-Armel.
Barber and Pykitt in their book "Journey to Avalon" argue that
there were two Arthmaels who have since become confused. They claim King
Hoel's son was Mael (alias Arthmael) who came to North Wales with St.
Cadfan and founded the church of Corwen in Meirionydd. The other more important
Breton resident, they identify as the retired King Arthur himself!