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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Hope and Heartbreak
Russell Davies
ISBN: 9780708319321 (0708319327)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Gorffennaf 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 564 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Archebir yn ôl y galw Pris Llawn: £7.99 
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Y gyntaf o ddwy gyfrol o astudiaethau awdurdodol ar hanes cymdeithasol y Gymru fodern ar ddechrau'r bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg, gyda sylw ar faterion megis deiet, tai, iechyd, gwyliau, carchardai, tlotai, ysbytai meddwl a gwaith. 30 llun du-a-gwyn.

The first of two volumes of authoritative studies on the social history of modern Wales at the beginning of the nineteenth century, with reference to such issues as diet, housing, disease, festivals, prisons, workhouses, mental hospitals and work. 30 black-and-white illustrations.
With noble and notable exceptions, historians often represent Wales between 1776 and 1871 as little more than a backward religious gulag. In seven chapters devoted to various aspects of Welsh social life, including the vital but often overlooked one of ‘Happiness and Humour’, Mr Davies revises that narrow view. In doing so, he reveals for us the true diversity of Welsh life in his chosen period; a revelation given added authority by his having researched both Welsh and English language sources.

In presenting us with a large factual database, it is perhaps inevitable mistakes should arise in his text. One is no more than a typo – Richard Price’s book A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals appearing in 1758 not 1753, while the other is a clear mistake – The Vavasour Griffiths school Price attended was not Tenter Alley in London but Chancefield School in Breconshire.

Such criticisms, however, are more than made up for by the enthusiasm of Mr Davies for his subject. He revels in telling of the multifarious and sometimes nefarious shenanigans that occupied the people of Wales in his chosen period. Who would have dreamt, for example, that the famous and formidable preacher Christmas Evans ‘lost his eye in a fight at a fair in Llandysul and was addicted to opium and patent medicines’?

There is a lot of hope and heartbreak in these pages and in describing it Mr Davies has, by his enthusiasm and scholarship, written a book that is a cornucopia; an invaluable resource to both the dilettante browser and the ardent scholar. But above all his work restores to a little known period of Welsh history its rich and colourful humanity.

Paul Frame

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 defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Hope and Heartbreak looks in an entirely new way at the social history of Wales between the years 1776 and 1871. This innovative book challenges a large number of generally held views about Wales, and tries to offer an alternative history of the country’s idiosyncrasies and contradictions. To do this a wide range of evidence is considered to present the ambitions and anxieties which drove and destroyed Welsh people.
Russell Davies’s study ranges far and wide, from landlords to peasants, rich and poor, in the north and the south. Diet and housing, disease and death, rural festivals, prisons and mental hospitals, work and worries, fear and anger, love and lust, wizards and wonders, bastards and ballads and happiness and humour are only a few of the topics covered in this all-encompassing social history. The tensions beneath the facade of family life, the vigour of prostitution and pornography and the private world of the individual are investigated. Using the life experiences of individuals, Hope and Heartbreak opens up the hidden world of the people of Wales.
The book asks a range of questions which are new to Welsh history. What made the Welsh fearful, tearful, happy, lonely, self-conscious, worried, bored, hysterical and violent? How did they behave as colonists, conquerors and criminals? How can one make sense of their religious doubts and disputes? Did religion lead to a decline in magic? There is also a detailed examination of the joie de vivre, the forgotten humour and the unique flavour of Welsh laughter.
Russell Davies is Marketing Manager at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has scripted numerous television programmes and has written several articles for learned journals. He is the author of Secret Sins: Sex, Violence and Society in Carmarthenshire, 1870–1920 (UWP, 1996).
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