Pocket Guide Series, A: Discovering Welsh Graves
|ISBN: 9780708317921 (0708317928)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2002 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Meddal, 186x123 mm, 142 tudalen
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Cyfeirlyfr diddorol iawn i dros 350 o feddau Cymry cynhenid a phersonoliaethau eraill a gladdwyd yng Nghymru, yn cynnwys bywgraffiadau byrion i wreng a bonedd, a chynrychiolwyr meysydd amrywiol adloniant a chwaraeon, cerddoriaeth, celf a llenyddiaeth, crefydd a gwleidyddiaeth, gyda mynegai manwl. 47 ffotograff du-a -gwyn ac 1 map.
A fascinating guide to over 350 graves of Welsh men and women and non-Welsh personalities buried in Wales, comprising brief biographies of gentry and peasants, and representatives from the diverse fields of entertainment and sport, music, art and literature, religion and politics, with a detailed index. 47 black-and-white photographs and 1 map.
This is another useful little guide in a now well-established series. The excellent introduction contains an impassioned plea for safeguarding cemeteries as places of interest in their own right and as green oases. I can see this book influencing readers' perambulations about Wales for years to come, so crammed is it with fascinating information. This has surely been a labour of love, as Alun Roberts, not content with trawling through a vast amount of source material, has visited each grave and provided clear directions to ensure it can be found easily, for which he deserves heartfelt thanks.
No doubt I am not alone in having made exhaustive but unproductive searches for a particular grave among a sea of stones. This book is especially helpful, as it is arranged by local authority boundaries and sites are identified alphabetically within these regions, and there is also an index. Space precluded the provision of more than a few photographs here, although Alun Roberts has made a complete record of all the graves he has visited. The great and good, both past and present, are represented, but also obscurer people who deserve to be better remembered. Sporting-minded readers will find many heroes listed here including Wilf Wooller, Dewi Bebb, Howard Winstone and even Foxhunter, Harry Llewellyn's showjumper - a household word in his day.
Alun Roberts has done his best to be even-handed and - in contrast to many Welsh guidebooks - politicians and businessmen appear as frequently as poets, hymn-writers and preachers, with potted biographies as well, which are extremely useful when they relate to people who have not yet attained a reference in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography. Many of those who have made a contribution to Wales, whether in history, religion, literature, art, sport, politics, prosperity, war or peace, will be found here: over three hundred and fifty all told.
Relatively few graveyards to which the author directs his readers are described as neglected, fortunately, and hopefully this book will inspire all readers to ensure their local graveyards are maintained as they ought to be.
It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Alun Roberts obtained a Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Leeds, and is director of the College/NHS Liaison Unit at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff. He is also the author of Welsh National Heroes (Talybont, 2002).
In this fascinating and well-illustrated Pocket Guide, the reader is taken on an unusual and rewarding guided tour of Wales, visiting the final resting places of more than 350 men and women (and one leg). Most, but by no means all, of the characters we meet were Welsh, many were celebrated, some not, but all were interesting in one way or another.
In other books on this subject, Wales, if covered at all, has until now been consigned to a few pages at the end. Discovering Welsh Graves seeks to address this deficiency. The churchyards and cemeteries visited are grouped according to the current twenty-two unitary authorities and guidance is offered on the location of specific graves.
While descriptions of notable graves are included, and some are illustrated, the book is less about the graves themselves and more about the people buried in them. It includes brief biographies of figures from the worlds of entertainment, music, sport, literature, politics, the military, business and religion as well as characters of local interest.
‘This is a most enjoyable piece of work . . . The style is witty and the anecdotes delightful.’
John Davies, author of the Penguin History of Wales (1993) and the Pocket Guide Cardiff (2002).
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