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The Welsh Girl

by Peter Ho Davies

The Welsh Girl
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    Feb 2007, 352 pages
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    Jan 2008, 352 pages

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  • Wales, located on the south-west peninsula of Great Britain (the main island of the United Kingdom - map) is one of the four constituent nations of the UK, the others are England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Its population is about 3 million (5% of the UK).
  • The Welsh language is a Celtic language, that traces its roots back at least 2500 years; it is related to Irish, Scottish, Breton (Brittany) and Cornish (south of England).
  • Welsh speakers refer to their country as Cymru (Land of the Compatriots), Wales is from the Germanic Walha, meaning stranger.
  • The Romans invaded England and Wales in the 1st Century, but the majority of the people continued to speak Celtic.
  • The legends of Uther Pendragon and King Arthur have their roots in the late fifth and early sixth centuries when the Roman empire had collapsed and the remnants of the Roman-British people were defending themselves against the Anglo Saxon invaders.
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