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Britain's Last Invasion - Fishguard 1797
J.E. Thomas
ISBN: 9780752440101 (0752440101)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ebrill 2007
Cyhoeddwr: Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 235x155 mm, 190 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Ystyrir Adargraffu Ein Pris: £17.99   
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Astudiaeth ar laniad y Ffrancwyr ar arfordir gorllewin Cymru ym 1797, sy'n bwrw golwg unwaith eto ar dystiolaeth gyfoes ac sy'n gosod y digwyddiadau mewn cyd-destun. Mae'r gyfrol hefyd yn dadansoddi effaith y Chwyldro Ffrengig, a'i ddylanwad ar Brydain, yn enwedig ar orllewin Cymru lle roedd tlodi enbyd a chyfoeth mawr yn bodoli.

A study into the French 'invasion' of the west Wales coast in 1797, reassessing the contemporary evidence and setting the events in context. The volume looks at the shattering affect of the French Revolution and its repercussions in Britain, particularly in west Wales where the gap between the rich and poor was greater than in any other place in Britain and Ireland.
One of the strangest events in Welsh history concerns the last attempted invasion of the British Mainland. Although this is not the first book on the subject it will, due to the scholarly research of the author, probably prove definitive.

Mr Thomas covers in detail the motives of the French in landing at Fishguard. Having achieved some measure of equality in their own country, the French saw Britain as a country which would always be in shackles until the privileges of the upper classes were destroyed by force. If they could enlist the full support of the poor and underprivileged, they would be extending the republican spirit beyond their own country. But very soon after coming ashore near Fishguard, things went badly wrong. A great deal of anecdotal evidence is used by the author, much of which involved looting and drinking.

Many myths surround the story of the invasion and Mr Thomas devotes an entire chapter to these. I am particularly glad that he firmly dismisses the role of Jemima Nicholas in the defeat of the French. I well remember being told at school of her supposed bravery, but teachers donít always get it right. How could a country woman and her cronies have convinced the enemy that they were part of a military regiment?

One of the many strengths of the book is the authorís reassessment of the work of other historians who have written on this subject. He also tells us much about the social life of Pembrokeshire at the time. Most importantly, he distinguishes fact from fiction.

Dewi Roberts

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