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Boadicea and Her Sisters: Women of Wales
by Anne Rutherford
Stories of Welsh heroines famous for their independent religious, political or social choices.
Listed under Boadicea
British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions, 1881
by Wirt Sikes
Paperback from Kessinger Publishing Company
Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales
by David T. Hawkings
Book Description: This is an in-depth guide to researching criminal ancestors in England, with lists of sources of convicts transported to America. 

Celtic Baby Names: Traditional Names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall & the Isle of Man
by Judy Sierra

Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles
by Peter Grose
Paperback from Univ. of Massachusetts Press


The Haggis: A Little History
by Clarissa Dickson Wright, Clare Hewitt, Clarissa Dickson Wright
Hardcover from Pelican Pub Co
Great Houses of England & Wales
by Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Christopher Simon Sykes (Photographer)

Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500 : East Anglia, Central England, and Wales
by Anthony Emery (Author)

A History of Wales
by John Davies
Paperback: 718 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.17 x 7.72 x 5.05
Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); ; Reprint edition (March )
ISBN: 0140145818

A History of Wales
by Prys Morgan
Paperback: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.71 x 9.70 x 6.76
Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd; ;
ISBN: 0752419838

Legendary Golf Clubs of Scotland England Wales & Ireland
by Anthony Edgeworth
Listed under Golf Courses

The Mabinogion
by Jeffrey Gantz (Editor)
A collection of ancient Welsh mythlogical tales.

The Mabinogion Tetralogy
by Evangeline Walton
Book Description: The author of the classic Mabinogian, the great compendium of medieval Welsh mythology, is unknown to us, but generations have thrilled to the magical tales set at a time when men and gods mingled, and the gods had more than met their match, tales of the wizard-prince Gwydion, of Prince Pwyll and Lord Death, and of the beautiful Rhiannon and the steadfast Branwen. In the masterful hands of Evangeline Walton the twelve "branches" of the ancient text were reworked into four compelling narratives: The Prince of Annwn, The Children of Llyr, The Song of Rhiannon, and The Island of the Mighty, resulting in one of the great epic fantasy works of literature. In The Prince of Annwn, the seeds of future tragedy are planted. Young Prince Pwyll meets Arawn, the God of Death, and survives the encounter with a heavy charge: to take on Arawn's guise and kill for him the one man even Death could not fell. 

The Children of Llyr chronicles the great family of Bran the Blessed, and their epic struggle for the throne. In The Song of Rhiannon, the struggle continues with Manawyddan and his son Pryderi, the rightful heir to the throne, battling the force of an ancient curse. In The Island of the Mighty, the throne of the kingdom of Gwynedd is in peril when Gwydion, the headstrong heir, dares to provoke the legendary wrath of Lord Pryderi. 

Evangeline Walton's Mabinogian Tetralogy is a powerful work of the imagination, to rank with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and T. H. White's The Once and Future King. The gods and goddesses, wizards and sorceresses, the mortal men and women of ancient days come brilliantly to life. Evangeline Walton's triumph is to have constructed a vital and living world on the foundations of myth.
Hardcover: 980 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.19 x 9.20 x 6.50
Publisher: Overlook Press; ; (May 13, )
ISBN: 1585672416

Medieval Wales
by David Walker
Book Description: This book provides an introduction to the history of medieval Wales, with particular emphasis on political developments. It traces the growth of Welsh princely power, and the invasion and settlement of Welsh territories by Norman adventurers which resulted in the erosion of Welsh princely authority in the south. The subsequent development of a powerful Welsh state under the leadership of the princes of Gwynedd was checked by Edward I in 1277, and thereafter the principality was deliberately overrun and destroyed. Despite valiant attempts, the English domination of Wales persisted, even beyond the advent of the Tudor dynasty.
Paperback: 235 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.54 x 8.55 x 5.34
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ; (August 1990)
ISBN: 0521311535

Historic Interiors of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland : A Photographic Tour
by Margaret Willes, Andreas Von Einsiedel (Photographer), Nadia MacKenkenzie (Photographer)
With its long and rich history, the United Kingdom boasts a remarkable wealth of styles in its period interiors. Escorting us not only through extraordinary spaces but through time as well, this volume leads us on a photographic tour of dozens of stately homes, from the late medieval splendor of Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire through the glittering rooms of Polesden Lacey, home of early 20th-century socialite Mrs. Greville, with stops at many splendid Elizabethan, 17th- and 18th-century, and Victorian residences. Unfortunately, the quality of the photography is uneven; many of the photos are good but a number of them do not sparkle as they should; some are underlit and murky and some include distracting glare from the windows. The serious student of architectural interior history may be somewhat dismayed at the book's organization: the format tries to echo the movement through a house, so that rather than a house-by-house survey we begin with halls, staircases, and long galleries, then proceed to living rooms, eating rooms, bedrooms, and finally rooms for contemplation (i.e., private chapels, libraries, print rooms). However, a vague attempt at a chronological progression of photographs within each chapter does hint at a progression of styles, and casual readers wanting to peek inside some unique and often luxuriant residences will find their curiosity rewarded. --Amy Handy -

National Redeemer: Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition
by Elissa R. Henken
Book Description: In this lively interdisciplinary study, Elissa R. Henken combines the tools of the historian and the folklorist to explore the development of a powerful, polysemous cultural symbol. Owain Glyndwr, called Owen Glendower by Shakespeare, led the last major armed rebellion of the Welsh against the English in the early fifteenth century. He has become an important symbol of modern Welsh nationalism. Henken examines the roles Glyndwr played both in his own lifetime and in subsequent centuries.

The Great Revival in Wales
by S. B. Shaw

A Year in the Garden : In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
by John Sales et al
Listed under Gardens of the World

The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales
by Giraldus Cambrensis, Lewis Thorpe (Translator)
Synopsis "The Journey" describes, in almost diary form, the mission to Wales undertaken in 1188 by Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, with Gerald as his companion. His approach was encyclopaedic: as well as providing us with an accurate and quite comprehensive history of events in 12-century wales, the book is crammed with lively accounts of local miracles, natural prodigies, folklore of all sorts and scenic descriptions of great beauty. "The Description" offers us a detailed and fascinating picture of the day-to-day existence of ordinary Welshmen - their methods of agriculture, what they ate and wore and how best they could fight and resist the English.
Paperback: 333 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 7.77 x 5.08
Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); ; Reprint edition (December 1978)
ISBN: 0140443398

The Rough Guide to Wales
by Mike Parker, Paul Whitfield, J. M. Kelly (Editor)

The Surnames of Wales : For Family Historians and Others
by John Rowlands, Sheila Rowlands
Paperback: 217 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 8.50 x 6.00 
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; ()
ISBN: 0806315164 

Strongholds and Sanctuaries: The Borderland of England and Wales
by Ellis Peters, Morgan Roy
(Hardcover - April 1993)

Welsh Castles: A Guide by Counties
by Adrian Pettifer
Listed under Castles

The Welsh Kings: The Medieval Rulers of Wales
by Kari Maund.

The Welsh King and His Court
by T. M. Charles Edwards and Morfydd M. Owen (Editors)
Hardcover: 603 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.25 x 6.25
Publisher: University of Wales Press; ;
ISBN: 0708316271

The Welsh People: Chapters on Their Origin, History and Laws, Language, Literature and Characteristics
by John Rhys, David Brynmor Jones
Library Binding from Haskell House Pub Ltd
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Welsh Princes, The: The Native Rulers of Wales 1063-1283
by Roger Turvey
Paperback from Longman
Second Stages In Researching Welsh Ancestry
by John Rowlands, Sheila Rowlands
Book Description: Anyone who has had any success in researching their Welsh ancestry will know that a grasp of specialized Welsh genealogical methods and sources is only one of several factors that contributed to that success. They will know, for example, how important it is in Welsh research to have some understanding of the social, cultural, religious, and economic background of the communities in which those ancestors lived. This book attempts to broaden that understanding, especially for the period prior to 1800 when most researchers begin to experience difficulties. In addition, it aims to make readers more aware of some little-known sources and the special uses that may be applied to the information found in these sources. The book follows the format of the Rowlands' highly successful Welsh Family History and is a compendium of contributions by experts in different fields. Both books have their origins in the residential courses in family history offered at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, since 1986, and, although there is some overlap in the time periods considered within the two books, there is virtually no duplication of content. Apart from chapters dealing with aspects of community life, there are chapters relating to different occupations, surnames, old documents, maps, estate records, and family histories (the Vaughans of Trawsgoed, the Pugh family of Llanfair and Llanbedr, the Lloyds of Ty Newydd, Moris Reignald, Titus Jones, and "Baron" Lewis Owen). The book contains several case studies and is rounded off with examples of work done as part of the accreditation process on some more recent university courses. Other chapters cover Catholics in Wales, Urban Growth and Development, People in Mining and Metals, Bartrum's Welsh Genealogies, Homes of Surnames, English Settlement in Montgomeryshire, and Religion and Society in 19th-century Wales. 
Paperback from Genealogical Publishing Company

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Welsh Castles : A Guide by Counties
by Adrian Pettifer
Hardcover from Boydell & Brewer
A University and Its Community
by Dai Smith, Meic Stephens
Paperback from University of Wales Press

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The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250-1400 (Men at Arms Series, 151)
by Christopher Rothero, Chris Roth
Paperback from Osprey Pub Co

The Wooden Shepherdess
by Richard Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren Hughes
Paperback from New York Review of Books
The Welsh Wars of Edward I: A Contribution to Medieval Miltary History Based on Original Documents (Medieval Military Library)
by John Edward Morris
Paperback from Perseus Book Group
The World Aflame: The Welsh Revival Lessons for Our Times
by Rick Joyner
Paperback from Morningstar Pubns
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The Celtic Goddess: Great Queen or Demon Witch?
by Claire French
Paperback from Floris Books
The Song of Arthur: Celtic Tales from the High King's Court
by John Matthews, Stuart Littlejohn
Paperback from Quest Books

Aftermath: Remembering the Great War in Wales (Studies in Welsh History Series)
by Angela Gaffney
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The Chronicle of King Edward The First Surnamed Longshanks with The Life of Lluellen Rebel in Wales, with insert David and Bethsabe (Samples)
by George Peele, George K. Dreher (Editor)
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Celtic Christianity in Early Medieval: The Origins of the Welsh Spiritual Tradition
by Oliver Davies
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Celtic Heritage : Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales
by Alwyn Rees, Brinley Rees (Contributor)
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A Child's Christmas in Wales
by Dylan Thomas, Fritz Eichenberg (Illustrator)
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Wales and the Wars of the Roses
by H. T. Evans, Ralph A. Griffiths (Introduction)
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