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A BACKGROUND TO WALES


IS THIS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO WALES? .......
THE MOST CELTIC OF NATIONS; HOME OF THE TRUE BRITISH?

Wales is one of the seven Celtic Nations, the others being Scotland (UK) , Ireland, Cornwall (UK), Britanny (France), the Isle of Man (UK) and Galicia (Spain).

It is generally acknowledged that the Welsh People are direct descendants of the Brythonic (or British) Celtic race. Their language is unique and still the most widely spoken in The Celtic World.

Wales is home to the most spectacular and varied scenery in Britain, from the green valleys of the Rhondda in The South, where the finest coal was mined, and fuelled the World, to the mystic mountains of Snowdonia, where slate was King and, and as they say in the North, "Roofed the World".

Wherever you go in Wales, the greatest of voices sing the songs, hymns and anthems, and speak the poetry and prose that is legendary.

ALMOST 2,000 YEARS AGO ....

Following the departure of Roman rule, "Britannia" slipped into what is historically known as The Dark Ages, when little was recorded during the late 4th to the mid 5th /early 6th century. During this period, as the Saxons pressed their boundaries from the South and East,  the Irish raiders from the West, and the Caledonian tribes from the North, legend has it that a Romano/Celtic leader emerged, a man of nobility, education, intellect, and military training, hailing from West Wales (Now Cornwall), whose name was Arthnou,or as it translated over time, Arthur. He took the bear as his battle symbol, and with his inspired use of a fast moving military force, he secured the borders of what is now known as Wales, a name derived from the frustrated application of the Saxon word Waelsa, meaning "Foreigner"  (The Saxons could not penetrate and conquer "The Land of The Brothers Gathered Together"), or in the old Celtic, surviving today as a nationality and language, The Cymraeg, or the people of Cymru. The word derives from "The Old North"of Celtic Wales, now in England, in the County of Cumbria, better known to visitors to England as The Lake District.

French, Welsh and English romantic writers, including Christen de Troyes, Geraldus Cambrensis, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sir Thomas Mallory, not to mention more recently T. H . White, Lerner and Lowe, and Walt Disney, have used and modified the reality into a legend, but such concensus as there is establishes Arthur as the most famous of the High Kings of The British, a legendary title conferred by The Celts of Britain on their most influential leaders, recorded in the famous History of Britain.

In the past, Wales was principality, never been a kingdom with a single ruling monarchy, as in the case of England and Scotland.

However, the Princes of Gwynedd, Llywelyn The Great, his grandson Llywelyn II, and their successor by claim, Owain Glyndwr, are recognised as those who unified the nation against English rule.

As well as the natural resources of Coal and Slate, Wales traditionally produced Copper, Gold, Silver and Tin.  In fact, Welsh Gold is the rarest with its pink colouration and is still held in quantities, on bond for the production of the Wedding Rings for the Royal Family; the most recent recipient being Kate Middleton now the Duchess of Cambridge, who will - one day - become the Princess of Wales when Prince Charles - the present Prince of Wales - ascends to the Throne.

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