Learning more about Wales’ history – where to start

Wales has a rich and complex history – from the Celts, to the Welsh princes and Owain Glyndŵr’s rebellion to the contribution made during the World Wars to modern day. Whether you love history or have decided that you should know more about Welsh history, here are five books which offer either a broad look at Welsh history or specifically looks at one aspect.

  1. Welsh History – A Chronological OutlineGlyn E. German (£7.95)


welsh history - a chronological outline - glyn e german

A chronological outline of Welsh history from prehistoric times to the present day. The book is intended for non-specialists who want an easily accessible and understandable overview of Welsh history – no such book has existed since the Annales Cambriae. The book covers all aspects of Welsh life, including contributions by Welsh people to the wider world and described by Professor Dafydd Johnston as “an excellent introduction to a long and rich history”. It is illustrated, with around 30 maps and illustrations.

“The scope of this book is huge, as Glyn German notes all the major events of Welsh history from prehistoric times to the present day.”

– Derek Stockley, Former Director of Examinations and Assessment CBAC/WJEC

“The scope of this remarkable reference work is extensive, noting major events from prehistoric times to 2014. This volume is a must for every bookshelf. Open it at random and you will find it difficult to put down.”

– Lyn Ebenezer

  1. The Welsh at Mametz Wood: The Somme 1916 Jonathan Hicks (£12.99)

the welsh at mametz wood - jonathan hicks

A new interpretation of the First World War battle for Mametz Wood in July 1916, telling the story of those terrible days from the viewpoint of soldiers on both sides. It uses primary sources, including personal accounts and photographs published for the first time.

“Dr Jonathan Hicks tells the story from the viewpoint of the soldiers on both sides. The author allows the survivors to speak for themselves, adding occasional historical perspectives. The result is an immediacy, a freshness to the storytelling.”

– Planet Magazine

  1. Highlights from Welsh History: Opening Some Windows On Our Past Emrys Roberts (£3.99)

highlights from welsh history - emrys roberts

A look at the huge contribution this small nation of Wales has made to the world. Did you know that Wales boasted the most advanced laws in the Middle Ages, produced Britain’s only effective royal dynasty and its most effective prime minister?

“A solid foundation on which to build a more advanced understanding of Welsh history.”

– Luke Owain Boult, Buzz Magazine

  1. Cows, Cobs and Cornershops: The Story of London’s Welsh Dairies Megan Hayes (£14.99)

cows cobs and corner shops - megan hayes

This bilingual book tells us how the Welsh have, over the centuries, been of crucial importance in supplying milk to the population of London. Starting with the influence of the drovers who took their cattle from rural Wales to the city, this book moves on describe the establishment of many dairies and corner shops which, open all hours, provided fresh milk to the growing metropolis.

“An excellent book that has ensured that the history of the Cardis in London has been recorded, ensuring that the next generation will be able to learn and discuss the link between the Welsh and London.”

– Angharad Evans, Yr Enfys

  1. The Last Days of Owain Glyndŵr Gruffydd Aled Williams (£12.99)

The Last Days of Owain Glyndwr - Gruffydd Aled Williams

Owain Glyndŵr is one of the most important figures in Welsh history. This examination of the traditions which have developed about the location of his death and where he might have been buried rigorously assesses claims, based on evidence in manuscripts and on the ground.

“What can be said, most emphatically, is that in the pages of Gruffydd Aled Williams’s absorbing, authoritative and hugely knowledgeable study, Glyndŵr lives on.”

– Llinos Beverley Smith

For further Welsh history titles, visit www.ylolfa.com



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