Excerpt from A Popular History of the Church in Wales: From the Beginning to the Present Day Of the few histories of the Welsh Church available for English readers, scarcely any cover the whole field from the planting of Christianity in Wales to the present time, and I hope, therefore, that this short historical sketch of the four oldest dioceses of the Ecclesia Anglicana - Eglwys Loegr - may have its use. Eglwys Loegr means the Church of England, t the Church in England as distinguished from that part of it which is within the Principality of Wales. Eglwys Loegr is distinguished, t from any constituent portion of itself, such as the four Welsh sees, but from the Church in France, Germany, Italy, and other lands. The term was more correctly used by the early Welsh Methodists than by Nonconformists to-day. The history of the Welsh Church has, by reason of the linguistic, racial, political and other problems which it presents, certain features of its own which demand the special attention of the student of Church History. The Church in Wales is an organisation older by several centuries than the Church in England, and is the most ancient part of the Christian Church in this realm. It has exhibited through the centuries of its long history a definite character of its own. It claims to be the historic successor, on any scientific definition of continuity, of the ancient British Church, the Church of Dewi Sant. The explicit recognition and ackwledgment of this claim by Freeman, Bryce, Stubbs, and Creighton among historians, by Gladstone and Asquith among statesmen, is evidence that the claim is valid; that it is based upon the plain witness of the facts of history, and that the denial of that claim is due to the exigencies of political programmes. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.