A History Of Wales
This highly successful guide has been revised and expanded. It traces the main outlines of the history of Wales from the settlements by the Celts to the invasion by Romans and Normans, the conquest by Edward I of England, the passage of the Acts of Union, the impact of the Reformation, Puritanism and Methodism, the effects of the Agrarian and Industrial Revolutions and the changes in political, social and economic life in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Gerald of Wales was born c.1145 in Pembrokeshire. He died in obscurity, possibly in Lincoln in 1223. He wrote seventeen books, all of them in Latin, and was well-connected to the Royal Family of his day. Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II.
Stretching from the Ice Ages to the present day, this masterful account traces the political, social and cultural history of the land that has come to be called Wales. Spanning prehistoric hill forts and Roman ruins to the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the series of strikes by Welsh miners in the late twentieth century, this is the definitive history of an enduring people: a unique and compelling exploration of the origins of the Welsh nation, its development and its role in the modern world.
A very good, near fine paperback copy xii, 345 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.. . Includes bibliographical references (p. 322-338) and index.. .
This, the first volume in the History of Wales, provides a detailed history of Wales in the period in which it was created out of the remnants of Roman Britain. It thus begins in the fourth century, with accelerating attacks from external forces, and ends shortly before the Norman Conquest of England. The narrative history is interwoven with chapters on the principal sources, the social history of Wales, the Church, the early history of the Welsh language, and its early literature, both in Welsh and in Latin.