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Bard of Liberty

The Political Radicalism of Iolo Morganwg

This is the first full-scale study of the political and religious radicalism of Iolo Morganwg, the renowned Welsh romantic whose colorful life as a Glamorgan stonemason, poet, writer, and political activist made him one of the founders of modern Wales. Known as the “Bard of Liberty” and the “Little Republican Bard,” he moved in highly politicized circles, and was devoted to peace, justice, and humanitarianism. This book offers a vivid portrait of a natural contrarian who tilted against the forces of the establishment for the whole of his adult life.

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

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“This lively and stimulating book gets to grip with the question of the political beliefs and actions of one of Wales’s most controversial cultural icons: Edward Williams, Iolo Morganwg, the self-styled ‘Bard of Liberty.’ Revealing a profound knowledge and understanding of the vast and famously chaotic archive of Iolo’s manuscripts held at the National Library of Wales, Geraint H. Jenkins has produced a penetrating analysis of Iolo’s politics that brings him vividly to life in a turbulent and rapidly changing world.”

Mary-Ann Constantine, University of Wales

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

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’

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