The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg, 1826-1926

Marion Löffler

Marion Löffler

Distributed for University of Wales Press

250 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780708321133 Published February 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Though the Eisteddfod continues to gain popularity with the help of the recent Bardic revival inside and outside of Wales, the radical activist who shared its patriotism, Iolo Morganwg, has been all but forgotten. In The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg (1826–1926), the writings of this influential antiquarian, poet, literary forger, and collector are presented in extended selections that give the reader the opportunity to study key texts of this exciting period in Welsh history. In this appealing study of Iolo’s life and work, the author charts the public reception and criticism of “old Iolo” and the myths surrounding his fascinating Welsh legend—making this mesmerizing reading for anyone interested in this pivotal figure of both the Romantic and Bardic traditions.
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. The Mythical Iolo Morganwg
3. The Public Legacy of Bardism
4. The Legacy of Invention
5. The Forgotton Iolo Morganwg
6. The Case Against Iolo Morganwg
1. Eben Fardd and the 'Vita' of Iolo Morganwg
2. Iolo Morganwg's Chair
3. Pilgrimages to Flemingston
4. The Generosity of Iolo Morganwg
5. The Discovery of the Samson Cross or Pillar
6.  Iolo Morganwg and the Bishop of St. David's
7. The Rights of Man
8. 'Strike a Welshman if you dare'
9. Gorsedd Beirdd Yns Humbug
10. The Grand Eisteddfod of Llangollen, 1858
11. A Monumental Sculpture in Merthyr Tydfil
12. The Druids of Dresden
13. Authenticating Druidism
14. The Llanover Collection
15. 'The Summer'
16. The Bardic Line of Sucession at Tir Iarll
17. 'The Lark'
18. In the Service of the Unitarian Faith
19. Assessing Early Criticism
20. Thomas Stephens and the Bardic Script
21. Edward Owen and the Madogwys
22. John Morris-Jones and the Gorsedd of the Bards
23. John Morris-Jones as Uthr Bendragon
24. The Demise of Rhys Goch ap Rhicert
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