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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps
Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

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This free course was written by Graham Day, Valérie Demouy, Ann Hughes and Tim Jilg.

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© Valérie Demouy.


Figure 1 Map of the Welsh kingdoms: (wikimedia) Owj20.

Figure 2 Photograph of Kidwelly Castle (© Valérie Demouy).

Figure 3 Map of lands ruled by the Marcher Lords: (wikimedia) © AlexD, cleared under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence (cc BY-SA 3.0).

Figure 4 The arms of Gwynedd – the first flag of Wales? The flag is also used in the present day by supporters of the Wales national football team: (wikimedia) Rhion Pritchard.

Figure 5 Statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd in Cardiff City Hall: (wikimedia) Seth Whales.


Video 1: © Green Bay Media Ltd / BBC / image of Edward I: A. Hornak 2006, Dean and Chapter of Westminster / image of Henry III by George Vertue / Killer Tracks / Trailer Beast / Chappell Recorded Music Library / Atmosphere Music Ltd / Soundcast Music.

Video 2: BBC / image of Charles VI of France by Jean Froissart / image of Parliament of Owain Glyndŵr: The Stapleton Collection / image of Owain Glyndŵr: Arthur C. Michael / Chappell Recorded Music Library / Bruton Music Ltd / Atmosphere Music Ltd.

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