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Cockatrice Classics: Outstanding Scholarship

Cockatrice Books brings you J. E. Lloyd’s seminal history of Owain Glyndŵr, and groundbreaking studies of Welsh folklore by T. Gwynn Jones, Wirt Sikes and Elias Owen.

A History of Wales by J. E. Lloyd

With a foreword by Leanne Wood

Cover image of A History of WalesFrom evidence of the earliest human habitations of Wales to the death of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Wales’s last native ruler, in 1282, J. E. Lloyd’s magisterial book covers the full sweep of Welsh history. Lavishly annotated, comprehensively indexed, it covers the well-known names of Welsh history — Llywelyn the Great, Hywel the Good, the Lord Rhys — as well as a host of lesser-known princes, of poets, clergy, courtiers, warriors and lovers, bringing to life and understanding Wales’s laws, its political institutions, its complex internecine conflicts, and its aspirations as a united mediaeval state.

Republished after more than one hundred years, with a new foreword by Leanne Wood reflecting on its relevance to the Wales of our day, this book tells us how, even in defeat, its rulers laid the basis of a Welsh nationhood that is as much alive now as in the golden age of the princes.

Published as part of the Wales in Europe series: celebrating the past and future of Wales as an independent nation.

ISBN: 978-1-912368-30-3. Format: Paperback, 7×10in. 612pp. Price: £21.99

Welsh Folklore and Folk Custom by T. Gwynn Jones

Cover image of Welsh Folklore and Folk CustomT. Gwynn Jones was both a distinguished poet, critic and translator, and a scholar of Welsh folklore. With a historical sweep which links the customs and superstitions of the early twentieth century with the gods and heroes of prehistory, he presents a panoply of witches, giants, fairies, ghosts, gods and monsters, traditional medicine, rural magic and calendar festivals in an erudite yet accessible introduction to the rich and fascinating folk heritage of Wales.

Published as part of the Welsh Folklore series: fiction, translation and scholarship inspired by the rich folk heritage of Wales.

ISBN: 978-1912368150. Format: Paperback, 5×8in. 280pp. Price: £9.99

Owain Glyndŵr by J. E. Lloyd

Cover image of Owain GlyndŵrOn 16th September 1400, Owain Glyndŵr, esquire, lawyer, land-owner, and descendant of the rulers of Wales, proclaimed himself Prince of Wales, thus beginning a period of effective independence and allegiance with France which lasted for more than ten years. This ground-breaking study by J. E. Lloyd, first published in 1930, considers his importance as guerrilla tactician, statesman and diplomat: the ‘father of modern Welsh nationalism’ who inspires Welsh thinkers and nation-builders to this day.

Published as part of the Wales in Europe series: celebrating the past and future of Wales as an independent nation.

ISBN: 978-1912368167. Format: Paperback, 5×8in. 188pp. Price: £9.99

A Short History of Wales by O. M. Edwards

Cover image of A Short History of WalesO. M. Edwards was a writer and scholar, a leading educationalist, and, alongside J. E. Lloyd, a member of the Cymru Fydd movement, dedicated to achieving home rule for Wales. This brief book, outlining Welsh history from the Stone Age to the start of the 20th century, reflects O. M. Edwards’ hope for the rebirth of Wales as a modern, democratic nation, and is reissued by Cockatrice Books with additional material outlining the history of Wales from its first publication to the present day.

Published as part of the Wales in Europe series: celebrating the past and future of Wales as an independent nation.

ISBN: 978-1912368235. Format: Paperback, 4.3×7in. 166pp. Price: £5.99

Welsh Folklore by Elias Owen

Cover image of Welsh FolkloreFirst chosen as winner of the National Eisteddfod in 1887, and subsequently revised for publication in 1896, Elias Owen’s study of Welsh folklore is a rich amalgam of scholarship and personal recollection. Concentrating on the northern districts of Wales, and with a wealth of tales and traditions concerning fairies, ghosts, devils, changelings, birds, beasts, spells, charms and cures, this is both an ideal companion to Wirt Sikes’s British Goblins or T. Gwynn Jones’s Welsh Folklore and Folk Custom, also published by Cockatrice, and a fascinating and accessible introduction to the folk tales and folklore of Wales.

Published as part of the Welsh Folklore series: fiction, translation and scholarship inspired by the rich folk heritage of Wales.

ISBN: 978-1912368204. Format: Paperback, 5×8in. 444pp. Price: £11.99

British Goblins by Wirt Sikes

Cover image of British GoblinsWirt Sikes was a journalist, poet, diplomat, and a pioneer in the study of the folklore and folk customs of Wales. In this extraordinary book, he presents an array of fairies, giants, ghosts, monsters, devils, changelings, calendar customs, rites of passage and songs — all with the freshness of an American immersed in the rich and fascinating culture of Wales.

‘Through the aid of modern scientific research, those ages which the myths of centuries have peopled with heroic shadows are brought nearer to us, and the tylwyth teg reach back and shake hands with the Olympian gods.’ Wirt Sikes

Published as part of the Welsh Folklore series: fiction, translation and scholarship inspired by the rich folk heritage of Wales.

ISBN: 978-1912368181. Format: Paperback, 5×8in. 434pp. Price: £10.99

                 

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, O. M. Edwards, Caradoc Evans, Vsevolod Garshin, Gildas, J. A. Giles, Geraint Goodwin, Roger Granelli, James Harries, Sivert and Elizabeth Hjerleide, T. Gwynn Jones, Richard Hughes Williams, Nigel Jarrett, T. J. Llewelyn Pritchard, J. E. Lloyd, Morgan Llwyd, Rob Mimpriss (editor), George Moore, Nennius, Daniel Owen, Elias Owen, A. L. Reynolds, Phil Rickman, Wirt Sikes, Rowland Smith, Claud Vivian, E. L. Voynich, Leanne Wood, Ellis Wynne, Owen Wynne Jones.

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