A historical journey of Wales, traveling from the Neolithic Era to the 21st Century. Stops along the way in all the major eras of Welsh history, including: arrival of the Celts, the Roman Empire, the Age of Saints, the Revolution, and the Modern Era. Attractions along this journey are the historical monuments and places which have shaped the people and the land of Wales. Discover the beauty, magic, and majesty of this ancient Celtic country!
Robert Jones, a Welsh American, hosts this picturesque tour of Wales, a country of lush vegetation, rugged mountains, windswept coastlines, and ancient Celtic culture. Jones takes viewers on a magnificent journey through time as he travels to sites that have endured for centuries. Exploring landmarks related to the major periods of Welsh history, from the Neolithic to the arrival of the Celts (around 500 BCE) and through the Welsh Revolution and twenty-first century, Jones visits scenic stone ruins, Romanesque bathhouses, historic amphitheatres, ancient forts, picturesque castle remains, medieval Christian churches, and more. His unbridled passion for the people, culture, language, and history of Wales is most infectious. Bonus features include a tongue-twisting tribute to the Welsh language and a glimpse of the exquisite National Botanical Gardens. --Booklist
, May 2009
This well-scripted and well-paced travelog through history-rich Wales provides a balanced look at this small Celtic country from the Neolithic Period to the 21st century. Broken into six segments, the tour begins with prehistory and continues through Roman Wales, The Age of Saints, The Age of Princes, The Welsh Revolution, and to the present with Cymru Newydd
(New Wales), tracing a pride in Welsh history, language, and culture. The photography by John Woods displays the vast rugged green landscape, though the bright sunny days cause the color to appear washed out at times. American language educator Robert Jones wrote the narration expertly presented by notable Welsh actor Dafydd Wyn Roberts and appears as the onsite guide in various segments. Special short features include Sheep Have Right of Way and Musical Tour of National Botanical Garden. Recommended for travel fans and those interested in the British Isles. --Library Journal