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

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

by Loffler, Marion

Publisher: University of Wales Press

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9780708321133, 0708321135


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This volume charts the public reception and criticism of Iolo Morganwg's writings, the development of his eisteddfod and gorsedd ideas, and the cultivation of the myth of 'old Iolo' during the first hundred years after his death. Extended selections of his writings will give the reader the opportunity to study key texts of this period.

While Iolo the radical thinker and composer of Unitarian hymns was swiftly forgotten, the eisteddfod and gorsedd became major vehicles for the development of a Welsh national consciousness in the Victorian age.

His 'theoretical history', which gave Welsh cultural teachings an antiquity beyond all other nations, became hotly contested when professional philologists and historians like John Morris-Jones began to apply their own scientific approach to Welsh language and history. Yet biographical writings on Iolo Morganwg show him to have acquired the status of a saint during the larger part of the nineteenth century. Anecdotes were woven around him and his family, his biographer was honoured for writing his 'vita', and reliques of 'Old Iolo' were given special attention. Even when, towards the end of the period, his forgeries became well-known, many Welsh people were more than prepared to forgive him because his 'sins' had been committed as acts of patriotism.

pp xviii250 234x156mm November 2007 hardback

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