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Llandaff Cathedral, Nick Lambert
Nick Lambert
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<p><strong>&quot;This long awaited but splendid book by Nick Lambert and his co-authors.. tribute is due to the team who produced it, with my thanks for their dedication and enthusiasm.&quot;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Sacred wells have played an important part in the culture and landscape of Cornwall for several millennia, and continue to do so. <em>Holy Wells: Cornwall</em> is a collection of beautiful colour photographs of forty-five of the most important and pre-eminent wells in the county, accompanied by an informative text about the...
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<p>&#39;Conradi writes thoughtfully and non-judgementally even when dealing with contentious matters of Welsh politics and cultural identity. He is glad to quote Bidgood&#39;s declaration that she did not come to this area to escape the world: &quot;This is the world.&quot; Completed by Simon Dorrell&#39;s exquisite pen-...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Sections of this book are included in the far larger and more comprehensive publication by Phil Cope, <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/living-wells-wales">The Living Wells of Wales</a>. Click on the link for more information and to purchase.</p><p>The holy wells of Wales are one of its...
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The German Great Escape, Peter Phillips
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<p>On 10 March 1945, 80 German POWs escaped from the Island Farm Camp in Bridgend, south Wales. This is the story of the camp. It held senior German military figures prior to the Nuremburg War Trials. Within months of their arrival the escape was made. All but one was recaptured in the subsequent manhunt, and a tense period for the...
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<p>The churches of Wales are one of Britain&rsquo;s great unheralded treasures, yet for many years there has been no book devoted to them and they await the kind of complete coverage given to churches elsewhere in Britain.&nbsp; Astonishingly, this is the first opportunity for a book on the subject to show them at their best in...
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flowers & fables
Jocelyne Lawton
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<p><br /><br />In <em>Flowers &amp; Fables</em> Jocelyne Lawton reminds us of a time when, through a mixture of religious belief, country superstition and medical lore, flowers and herbs had an essential place in everyday life. This book recognises a revival of contemporary interest as modern consumers look for...
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The Burning Ashes of Time, Patricia Aithie
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<p><br />The discovery of a traditional Welsh blanket in the palace of the former ruler of Yemen took Patricia Aithie on a fascinating journey of discovery. In the Yemeni seaman of the steam age she finds an unexpected link between her hometown of Cardiff, once the world&rsquo;s biggest coal-exporting port, and Aden, where the coal...
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Arthur Gwynn-Browne
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<div>&ldquo;I am in the F.S.P. F.S.P. stands for Field Security Personnel. That is the authorized version.&rdquo; So begins this remarkable account of six months&rsquo; service with the British Expeditionary Force in France, up to and including the terrible retreat to and evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk at the end of May,...
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Fishlock's Sea Stories, Trevor Fishlock
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<p>In <em>Fishlock&rsquo;s Sea Stories</em>, the popular broadcaster and author Trevor Fishlock turns his attention to Wales&rsquo;s maritime history. In his elegant and informative style Fishlock explores the history of Wales&rsquo;s relationship with the sea, from shipbuilding and seafaring to smuggling and...
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The Chosen People, Grahame Davies
Grahame Davies
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<p>The histories of the Welsh people and the Jewish people have entwined in a number of ways over the centuries. The Chosen People uses extracts from Welsh literature to show the two nations have interacted both in Wales and elsewhere.<br /><br />Drawing its sources from poetry, drama, novels, shortstories, memoirs and a...
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Plaid Cymru: The Emergence of a Political Party, Laura McAllister
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<p>In the first full-length study of its kind,&nbsp; Laura McAllister portrays the emergence of Plaid Cymru in the post-War world from its origins as a disparate association of campaigners and activists to its current status of fully-functioning political machine.<br />Skilfully interweaving rigorous historical analysis and...
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More Fishlock's Wild Tracks, Trevor Fishlock
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<p>Following the success of the first <em>Wild Tracks </em>Book. Trevor Fishlock sets off again in search of Wales and its wonderful surprises. With his keen instinct for history, humour and human interest he presents a dozen new journeys based on his popular HTV series. Exploring the incomparable landscape he finds stories...
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The Taliesin Tradition, Emyr Humphreys
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<p>In &rsquo;The Taliesin Tradition&rsquo; Emyr Humphreys shows how literature in Wales has reshaped and reasserted Welsh identity in the face of English cultural imperialism. Figures such as Taliesin, a sixth century poet, Myrddin (Merlin), the bards of medieval princes, Dr John Dee, Iolo Morganwg, Mabon, Lloyd George, Saunders...
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Joan Abse
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<p>Ranging over eight centuries of life in Wales, this fascinating anthology of private and public correspondence, journals and diary entries provides an enthralling commentary on the country&rsquo;s development. The letters bring Welsh history to life through vivid vignettes of personal experience and all too human opinion. While...
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Dai Smith
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<p>Dai Smith, one of Wales&#39; leading historians, has completely revised his ground-breaking book <em> Wales! Wales?</em> and given it a new title which takes Welsh history to the millennium, addressing the issues of history, culture and society which face all countries. Perceptive and provocative essays on the Tonypandy...
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The Genre of Silence
Duncan Bush
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<p>Duncan Bush&rsquo;s work brings to life, at times painfully, the work of the Russian poet Victor Bal, who &rsquo;disappeared&rsquo; under Stalinism. This surprising and original new book recalls the period by an intermingling of history and fiction which imaginative writers have always understood but that historians have...
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