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Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales: Bard of Liberty - The Political Radicalism of Iolo Morganwg
Geraint H. Jenkins
ISBN: 9780708324998 (0708324991)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2012
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Ysgrifennwch Adolygiad Cwsmer
Yr astudiaeth gynhwysfawr gyntaf o radicaliaeth wleidyddol Iolo Morganwg, rhamantydd Cymreig nodedig y bu iddo, drwy ei fywyd lliwgar yn saer maen, bardd, llenor, gweithredwr gwleidyddol a dyngarwr, dyfu yn un o sylfaenwyr y Gymru fodern.

This is the first full-scale study of the political radicalism of Iolo Morganwg, the renowned Welsh romantic whose colourful life as a Glamorgan stonemason, poet, writer, political activist and humanitarian made him one of the founders of modern Wales.
In just a few short opening paragraphs we are given the measure of Iolo Morganwg. The ever-changing interests and passions in his personal life were so inextricably interwoven with those of his political life that a study of his political career must by necessity take in all aspects of this ‘multifaceted and turbulent life’.

It seems there was nothing to which Iolo Morganwg could not turn his hand. Geraint H. Jenkins trails the chequered career of this man of many colours from his beginnings as a country-loving stonemason and pastoral poet who stood up for the downtrodden working man. Every misfortune and challenge which faced this radical, self-taught and self-appointed historian, antiquarian, advocate, political campaigner and religious activist throughout his life seemed to present itself to him as an opportunity to hone a new skill or turn in a new direction. Iolo’s chameleon-like ability to adapt to his constantly changing circumstances saw him scrape through many calamities, and in any field where he was unpractised it was sheer audacity that saw him through.

The darker side of Iolo’s life and work has not been glossed over and, latterly expressing seditious sentiments, he is shown for the devious master of disguise, fabrication, dissemblance and provocation that he was.

Though Iolo thought of himself as an active politician, this is more than a book about his politics. It is a well-rounded, thorough account of the life of a generous-hearted, highly individual man who was clearly ahead of his time in terms of pacifism, fair trade and championing the cause of those less able to help themselves.

Yvonne Gulley


It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment 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 ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Tabl Cynnwys:
1. ‘On the Banks of the Daw’
2. ‘I was always pushing forward’
3. ‘When he nobly for Liberty stood’
4. ‘The Unparalleled Eventfulness of this Age’
5. ‘[He] is now a seller of seditious Books and will be planting Treason wherever he goes’
6. ‘I have as much Cimbric patriotism as any man living’
7. ‘I am what I am, and I most fervently thank God that I am what I am’
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Professor Geraint H. Jenkins is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Senior Fellow of CAWCS and Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Swansea. He was Chair and Research Director of the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies until 2007.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
This path-breaking volume offers a vivid portrait of a natural contrarian who tilted against the forces of the establishment for the whole of his adult life. Known as the ‘Bard of Liberty’ or the ’little republican bard’, he moved in highly-politicized circles, embraced republicanism, founded the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain, threw in his lot with Unitarians, promoted a sense of cultural nationalism, and supported the anti-slave trade campaign and the anti-war movement during years of war, oppression and cruelty.
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