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Wales Before 1066 - A Guide

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • Author: Donald Gregory
  • Publication August 2008
  • Format: Paperback, 182x124 mm, 144 pages

The story of Wales from prehistoric times up to 1066. Maps and many black-and-white photographs included. A new edition of a volume first published in January 1989.

No Welshman is likely to include 1066 in the title of a history book since that year has little significance for him, beyond denoting yet another attempt by a foreign enemy to stamp his authority on Wales. His country survived the first onslaught and was still resisting Norman power over two hundred years later.

Some historians, however, tend to think that history really started in 1066, and that everything that happened before that date belongs to the 'dark ages'. Again, this is not so in the story of Wales.

This book looks at the past through the eyes of the Welsh people, celebrating their long and unbroken links with the earliest inhabitants of their mountainous and beautiful country. It is a history of an independent and resilient race and in this book the story of Wales before 1066 has been divided into four chronological parts.

It is also a guide - after each history chapter, the reader is guided to what may still be seen to illustrate the historical surveys.