DINEFWR – A Phoenix in Wales
An iconic place in the history of Wales Set on a hilltop above the Tywi valley, Dinefwr is one of the most resonant names in Welsh history: its castle was Lord Rhys’s seat of power and his mansion house the home of the Dynevor family for generations. The title, Dinefwr: The Welsh Phoenix, was chosen after much thought. It is intended to convey the extraordinary roller-coaster careers of the two families associated with Dinefwr and the estate. Dynastic catastrophes in 1093, 1277-87 and especially 1531, each of them part of the history of Wales, were all overcome in one way or another, while the seemingly inevitable 20th century decline and break-up of the estate demesne was dramatically transformed at the last moment. Dinefwr has reemerged from disaster after disaster. Dinefwr shares many features common to the larger landed estates in Wales: the involvement in politics, the improvements in agriculture, the philanthropy and the place in the landscape. But Dinefwr has a greater story to tell as a witness to Welsh history, and that over a period of nearly a thousand years. Its landscape and buildings are vivid testimonies to a past during which greater and lesser princes fought to maintain a basic independence from foreign rule, and in which a successor lineage of seventeen generations of the same landowning family gained, lost, regained and lost their roles, leaving a landscape to be cherished.
Looking for Wales
A collection of twelve essays on Welsh history and culture. With an appendix of further reading. 1 Looking for the Welsh Border, 2 Looking for the Welsh Language, 3 Looking for a Welsh Capital, 4 Looking for Welsh Castles, 5 Looking for Welsh Churches, 6 Looking for the Great Houses of Wales, 7 Looking for a Welsh Muse, 8 Looking for Welsh Names, 9 Looking for the Land of Song, 10 Looking for Welsh Icons, 11 Looking for Welsh Sport, 12 Looking for British Ancestors: the Pseudo-History of Wales.
A Brief History of Wales
From the Romans onward, via Vikings, Saxons, Normans and Flemings, the Welsh have both resisted and absorbed invasion after invasion. Princes, papist, protestants, politicians, patriots, prophets and proletarians pass swiftly before us in this gripping narrative of conquest, resistance and survival. Both legend and fact play their part in this story, from the Night of the Long Knives to the 1905 victory over the All Blacks, from Welsh Indians to the 1904 Revival. Whether Welsh or not, you will find this book easy to pick up and hard to put down. A superb introduction to the background to contemporary Wales, this book is also for anyone wishing to brush up their history.
Castles in Wales – a handbook
You may be a castle enthusiast on holiday or an armchair aficionado seeking the perfect introduction to Welsh castles. If so, here is the perfect solution: a combination of fireside companion and practical handbook for windswept walks. The introduction sweeps through medieval history, setting the castles in their historical, political and military context, while the main text is a practical guide to nearly 80 castles with grid references and notes on access, history and building details. Fully illustrated, Castles in Wales, A Handbook also includes a list of over 400 medieval castles and an appendix of possible, post-medieval and lost castles.
Ceredigion – a Wealth of History
A comprehensive history of the county of Ceredigion, West Wales.
Nanteos – A Welsh House and its Families
The House of Nanteos in north Cardiganshire is where, according to local tradition, the Holy Grail can be found in the form of the Nanteos Cup. This study traces the rise and fall of the Powell family of Nanteos and the mansion house.
A Welsh House and its Family – The Vaughans of Trawsgoed
Romans in Wales