by Jan Morris - £17.99 Penguin Books (2000)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780140274844 | ISBN 10: 0140274847
For just a few years, the fifteenth-century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr seized control of Wales from its English overlords. Yet dreams of Welsh independence have never been extinguished ...
Half-Welsh, half-English, Jan Morris has travelled to every corner of the earth, yet it is 'the damp, demanding and obsessively interesting country' of Wales which remains her first love. This sweeping celebration tells the story from prehistoric times and shows how a people never overrun by any of the heathen successors to the Romans came to see itself as the inheritor of Roman urbanity, early Christian devotion and the glories of a lost Celtic civilization.
Long established as a classic, the book has now been substantially revised as the birth of a new Welsh Assembly again re-ignites Owain's hopes. Passionate, witty, stirring, full of rich historical detail as well as vivid vignettes of life today, this is the definitive evocation of every aspect of Welshness.
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