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Last updated: 09 April 2008

  • Genealogy Guide to tracing family trees.
  • Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) Cleric and scholar whose chronicles shaped perceptions of Wales for centuries.
  • Y Gododdin Poem attributed to Aneirin (late 6th century).
  • Y Gogynfeirdd Name for courtly Welsh bards or poets of the 12th to early 14th centuries.
  • Gold mining Dolaucothi mine in Carmarthenshire was seized upon by the Romans for its gold resources.
  • Gorsedd of the Bards Society of poets, writers, musicians, artists and individuals who have made a notable contribution to the Welsh nation.
  • Government of Wales Act (1998) Act to ensure that the National Assembly treats the Welsh and the English languages equally.
  • Great Orme copper mines Mines dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.
  • Greenham Common RAF base in Berkshire where a Women's Peace Camp was established to protest against nuclear weapons being sited on the base.
  • Griffith Jones 18th century minister who organised circulating schools in Carmarthenshire.
  • Gwenllian Morgan Wales' first female mayor.
  • Gwyneth Morgan Daughter of Courtenay Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar. She was found dead aged 29 in the River Thames.
  • Gwynfor Evans Welsh politician and the first Member of Parliament to represent Plaid Cymru at Westminster.
  • Harald Hardrada King of Norway 1045-66, invaded England in 1066 but was killed in battle by King Harold II's army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
  • Harold Godwinson Also known as Harold II. Widely regarded as the last Anglo-Saxon King of England before the Norman Conquest.
  • Hedd Wyn Merionethshire farmer and Welsh language poet of World War I.
  • Henry IV Took the English crown from Richard II, beginning the Lancastrian dynasty.
  • Henry V Born at Monmouth, Wales, he reigned as King of England from 1413 to 1422.
  • Henry VI The only child of Henry V and Catherine of Valois.
  • Henry VII Also known as Henry Tudor - the first Tudor king.
  • Henry VIII Infamous Tudor monarch responsible for passing the Acts of Union of 1536 and 1543 that legally incorporated Wales into England and banned Welsh monoglot speakers from public office.
  • Henry Scudamore Sheriff of Herefordshire married to Owain Glyndwr's daughter Alys.
  • House of Lancaster Branch of the English royal House of Plantagenet one of the opposing factions involved in the Wars of the Roses.
  • House of York Branch of the English royal House of Plantagenet.
  • Hywel Dda / Law of Wales Codified between 942 and 950, when Hywel Dda (Hywel the Good) was king of most of Wales.
  • Hywel Dda - the Lawmaker of Wales Phil Carradice blogs on Hywel Dda and his laws and reforms, laid down in the mid-10th century.
  • Jasper Tudor (Earl of Pembroke) Half-brother to King Henry VI.
  • John Dee History blog on 16th century mathematician, teacher of navigation, astrologer, astronomer, an alchemist and, by all accounts, a magician too.
  • John of Gaunt Member of the House of Plantagenet.
  • John Price Wrote Yn Y Lhyvr Hwnn 'In This Book' which was the first book printed in Welsh.
  • King Arthur Legendary leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against the Saxon invaders.

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