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  • Celtic Wales (Pocket Guides)

    Celtic Wales (Pocket Guides)

    by Miranda J. Green and Raymond Howell
      The subject of "Celtic Wales" is the archaeological and historical evidence for human settlement in what is now Wales, from about 700BC - AD1000. This book puts Celtic Wales in its European context, and tackles issues of academic debate concerning "Celticity" and ethnic identity. It discusses Wales during the pre-Roman Iron Age and Roman periods, exploring such topics as regional diversity in settlement, tribal identity, economy and trade, art and religion. Additionally, chapter three examines the interaction between Celtic Wales and the Roman empire, looking at conquest, conflation and resistance. Chapters four and five deal with Wales in the early Christian and medieval periods, exploring issues such as the transition from civitas to kingdom. It then goes on to examine the early medieval myths of Wales, asking such questions as, to what extent such tales resonate with earlier periods, perhaps as a result of the percolation of oral tradition.
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    A History of Wales

    A History of Wales

    by John Davies
    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. This new edition brings this remarkable history into the new era of the Welsh Assembly.
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    The Holy Wells of Wales

    The Holy Wells of Wales

    by Francis Jones
      Rooted in paganism, `converted' to Christian usage, condemned by Protestantism, `explained' by folklorists, rationalized by modern education, the cult has survived and wields an influence over the human mind. Holy Wells have been objects of absorbing interest from time immemorial, and this book, reprinted due to high demand as an attractive paperback, provides a reliable collection of material relating to those of Wales culled from a wide range of published, manuscript and oral sources.
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    Welsh Wars of Independence

    Welsh Wars of Independence

    by David Moore
      Independent Wales was defined in the centuries after the Romans withdrew from Britain in AD 410. The Welsh achieved this despite Irish and Viking raids and colonisation, despite the growing power of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and despite frequent and often bitter dissension between themselves. Pressure from the east increased from the eleventh century onwards, as the Normans carved out marcher lordships and the Plantagenets intensified English royal overlordship, but native Welsh sovereignty remained intact until Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was killed by Edward I's army in 1282; and even then, the dream of independence remained alive, inspiring an ambitious and almost successful revolt under Owain Glyn Dwr in the fifteenth century. The wars of Welsh independence encompassed centuries of raids, expeditions, battles and sieges, but they were more than a series of military encounters: they were a political process.
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    The Welsh Kings: The Medieval Rulers of Wales

    The Welsh Kings: The Medieval Rulers of Wales

    by K.L. Maund
      A study of the lives of early Welsh native rulers from the 5th century to the death of Llywelyn in 1282 exploring the significance of their contribution to Welsh history .
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    St. David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation

    St. David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation

    edited by J. Wyn Evans and Jonathan M. Wooding
      The cult of St David has been an enduring symbol of Welsh identity across more than a millennium. This volume, published to commemorate the fourteenth centenary of the death of the saint, traces the evidence for the cult of St David through archaeological, historical, hagiographical, liturgical, and toponymic evidence, and considers the role of the cult and church of St David in the history of Welsh society, politics, and landscape. The collection includes a new edition and translation of the Life of St David by Rhygyfarch, based on the text in British Library Ms. Cotton Vespasian A.xiv, as well as new evidence concerning the relics of the saint enshrined in St Davids Cathedral.
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    The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales

    The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales

    by Sara Elin Roberts
      Medieval Wales had a separate system of law to that found in English, and the law has been preserved in several medieval manuscripts. Although the purpose of the law manuscripts was to explain the legal complexities, they were also works of literature, written in medieval Welsh. One aspect of the law manuscripts is the large collections of legal triads, basically sentences listing things in threes. These were probably composed for educational, mnemonic purposes, and offer a real insight into the workings of medieval Welsh law. This book is the first full study of the legal triads, an important part of medieval Welsh law. Triads were a feature in most medieval Welsh (and, indeed, Irish) literature, and there are large collections found of various genres. The legal triads are probably the largest collections of triads found in Welsh, and there are triads for almost every aspect of medieval Welsh law. This book sets the triads in their literary and legal context, gives a full edited text of the triads found in the law manuscripts as well as offering translations of the legal triads.
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    Vikings in Wales: An Archaeological Quest

    Vikings in Wales: An Archaeological Quest

    by Mark Redknap
      This is the only book to cover the impact of the Vikings on Wales. It summarises the historical evidence, based on artefacts and findings from recent excavations. It is illustrated in full colour, including photographs, maps and drawings. It is aimed at anyone interested this aspect of Britain's history.
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    A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales

    A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales

    by Mark Redknap, John M. Lewis
      Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture forms the most prolific body of material evidence which survives for early medieval Wales, AD 400-1100. The inscribed memorial stones in Latin or Old Irish ogam (or both) during the 5th and 6th centuries commemorate the elite of Welsh society at this time, and are crucial to our understanding of the degree of continuity with preceding Roman culture, Irish settlement and the development of the church. They are a main source for the Latin, Welsh and Irish languages in post-Roman Wales. The cross-carved stones and larger free-standing crosses allow us to identify a range of early medieval ecclesiastical sites within a wider landscape, and trace the patronage of the church by the secular elite, and the impact of external cultural contacts from Ireland, the Irish Sea zone and Anglo-Saxon England.
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