Wales:- History


The Vikings in Medieval Welsh Literature - on NLW's blog

Welsh Identity, Symbols and the National Eisteddfod - on NLW's blog

Journey to the past  Wales in historic travel writing from France and Germany.
(A collaboration between Bangor University, the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales. )
"For centuries, continental Europeans have come to Wales for numerous reasons. During the Romantic period some came seeking a rural idyll, whilst others in the Victorian era travelled as industrial spies, and during times of war many refugees escaped to Wales to find shelter from persecution. Not only have continental Europeans left their traces among the people of Wales by settling here, but they have also written extensively about their experiences in diaries, letters, books and magazines or novels. Follow along nine themed trails and discover Wales, its culture and people in an entirely new way. Through the eyes of these historical travellers, experience the country like you have never done before. Explore an ivy-covered Tintern Abbey, marvel at the fiery night-sky of Merthyr Tydfil and fall in love with some very unusual Ladies in Llangollen."

How online tools can help us discover Wales’ history - Article on Nation Cymru by Adam N. Coward, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Timeline with a Welsh slant - on our Genealogy Help Pages

Inspiring passion from our past (CADW) - "We are the Welsh Government's historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales."

Industrial Wales' & 'Brickworks of Wales'  " Potted histories, potted maps, potted notes and potted memories on all the places that I and others have visited and remember, along with Grid References so that you can visit them too. "(Phil Jenkins)

National Library of Wales Portrait Archive on wikimedia commons. This includes c  5000 portrait prints, photographs and paintings

Pictures and stories of Wales' lost towns, villages and neighbourhoods on Wales Online. "Some of the names are instantly recognisable and integral to the history of Wales. Others are not so well-known and their names, just like their buildings and villagers, all but lost to time."

Story of resurrected Welsh warrior inspires St Thomas Way. Paths to follow tale of William Cragh’s medieval pilgrimage after being brought back to life. A series of hiking paths based on the supposed pilgrimage of a medieval warrior who came back to life after being executed for fighting against the English is to open in the Welsh Marches.......the paths meander through the long-disputed borderland, linking Hereford and Swansea.

Wales Remembers 1914-18

Archwilio  "the easy way to discover the archaeology of Wales through the records of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts. There are over 100,000 archaeological sites to be found here, so to start discovering them simply click on an area of the map .........."

People's Collection Wales   - A Welsh National Assembly backed undertaking geared to bringing together in one place online all the strands of Welsh history,  not only from those held in various Libraries and Archives but also from the  memories and memorabilia of ordinary folk.

The Welsh History Review  - "Since its inception in 1960 as one of the journals of the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies, the Welsh History Review has become firmly established as the most authoritative journal in its field. It is an invaluable medium for publishing the fruits of the steady upsurge of interest in the history of Wales in schools, colleges, universities and the media over the past thirty years. Both its readership and its contributors are truly international, including geographers, economists, philologists, sociologists, archaeologists and demographers as well as historians. Every issue includes articles on varying aspects of Welsh history, a large array of book reviews, obituaries and other special features where relevant. Each year a full checklist of publications relating to the history of Wales is given."  See Welsh Journals Online

Coflein - is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) - the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales.

History Forum for Wales

A Vision of Britain through Time - A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions

Cyfraith Hywel Dda (Peniarth 28) (Search Catalogue) A Latin version of the native Welsh law (known to scholars as 'Latin A') which is set quite apart from all other Welsh lawbooks by the series of illustrations in the text.

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516  "The Gazetteer is a catalogue of markets and fairs in medieval England and Wales......The Gazetteer is valuable to those interested in all periods, as the markets and fairs established during the Middle Ages formed the core of the later network............"

The Spartacus Educational website has some interesting material Welsh History

The Owain Glyndwr Society

Castles on the Web

Here are direct  links to a selection of Welsh history sites by Castles of Wales;