"Even Hannibal himself wou'd have came across it most unlikely to have match'd his military over Snowden"
Daniel de Foe, A travel thro' the total island of serious Britain... 1924
"It will be the peak of ingratitude to discover fault with any factor, the place kindness and humanity have been so predominant."
Mary Morgan, A travel to Milford Haven, within the 12 months 1791.
"At Holly good they speake Welsh; the population pass barefoote and naked leg'd - a bad kind of humans. Their meate is particularly small the following, Mutton is noe greater than Little Lamb, what of it there's used to be sweete; their wine solid being Neare ye Sea facet, and are good supplied with ffish - excellent Salmon and Eeles and different ffish I had at Harding."
Celia Fiennes, via England on a facet Saddle, 1698
David Lloyd Owen introduces us to the interesting breadth of guests' stories from a mysterious and soaking up state: writers who defined a land of mountains and valleys, ruined castles, and deserted monasteries, and provides us stories of wierd locals who spoke one other language and have been often called the Welsh.
A Wilder Wales highlights the incredible transformation of Wales from a terrible rural backwater to the crucible of the economic revolution and provides readers an perception into the ways that outsiders considered the land and its people.
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