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The book includes sketches and colour cartoons drawn by the author.
According to the legendary "Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer" the lady was the "Queen of Fair Elfland". The ballad tells that Thomas made love to the Fairy Queen seven times and was then bound to serve her in her own country for seven years. Fortunately for Thomas, the Queen does not deliver his soul to the devil, but returns him safely to the spot where they first met at the "Eildon Tree". Before they depart, the Fairy Queen bestows the gift of prophecy on Thomas, and from that moment, until his mysterious disappearance near the end of the thirteenth century, Thomas foretells many events which have mostly all subsequently come to fruition; his prophecies were unrivalled until the time of Nostradamus.
The book explores the basis of the lore and superstitions which were prevalent in his day, these being handed down through many generations from the times of the indigenous tribes. It also explains the formation of the country we now know as Scotland; the blend of tribes, languages, and cultures which ultimately united - or segregated - the people of the new nation. The life of Thomas, who was allegedly a great ally of King Alexander III, was further complicated by the King's untimely death in 1286. The events which followed ultimately led to the first "War of Independence", during which, according to written reports , Thomas befriended King Edward I greatest antagonist, William Wallace. The historical facts are explained in the book, as is the credibility of the words of the ballad as contained in the early manuscripts; five of which remain today.
Included, are transcripts from the five extant manuscripts which are explained in detail, two new poems dedicated to Thomas, and a 2011 version of the complete ballad and prophecies, taken almost word for word from the early "Quant Englis" version of the manuscripts and transcribed into present day English.
Included are colour pictures of present day sites relevant to the book.
Pontavon, a town which though fictional bears a remarkable resemblance to many another in the South Wales Valleys is full of characters from the reddest of red, to the weirdiest and oddest imaginable.
This is the story of one man's journey, and though it references political struggle it is by no means a political polemic. In fact throughout the book the actual political issues are kept cleverly in the background. It is rather the manipulations, the personal betrayals, the little white lies, and the human cost to a family when a man makes a choice to play a role in the public eye. It is this which turns the book into a human story from a time in Wales's history which was by no means as innocent as memory sometimes makes it.
Review by the Welsh Books Council - "A rollicking good read... Hamley paints his characters with almost 3D brilliance, as you turn the pages they become part of your life. Quite simply I did not want the book to end...this man can tell a tale and make you laugh."
Since its publication in 1940 The Welsh House has grown into a classic text for students of both Welsh architecture and folk studies. Peate describes the traditional homes of Wales in an accessible manner, using photographs and illustrations to record a world that was fast disappearing. His warm and competent description and warning against the loss of traditional buildings remains as relevant today as when it was first published over sixty years ago.
This new edition preserves Peateâ€™s text from the revised second edition of 1944, and adds a new foreword by Greg Stevenson. This additional material traces the fate of the homes in the original and examines the present day threats to the vernacular architecture of Wales. It will be of interest to anyone living in, or curious to learn more about, the rich architectural heritage of Wales. It is published in a numbered edition of 1500 copies.
Dr Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate (1901 -1982) was an internationally recognised expert in folk studies, and is well known for his pioneering work recording, preserving and publishing on Welsh folk culture. He wrote â€˜The Welsh Houseâ€™ when employed as the Keeper of the Department of Folk Culture and Industries in the National Museum of Wales, and later went on to become a key player in establishing the Welsh Folk Museum (now the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans). Peateâ€™s unstinting dedication to the recording and preservation of Welsh cultural heritage won him lasting respect inside and outside of Wales.
Dr Greg Stevenson lectures in Welsh Heritage at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and manages a small business rescuing historic buildings at risk. He writes a regular column for The Western Mail on historic Welsh architecture. Visit him at www.thisisgreg.co.uk
Cover: Yr Hen Siop, Treteio, St Davidâ€™s. Restored in 2001/2 by Richard Cotton. Courtesy: Cadw
Decoding Alchemy offers the reader an important introduction to the Hermetic and practical art of Spagyrics. Its subject matter is broad and covers the various techniques used by alchemists both past and present. The student of Hermeticism, Symbolism and Religion should also benefit from the analogies between Kabbalism and the Alchemical Art. Above all else, Plimerâ€™s book investigates the procedures behind the production of the lapis philosophorum or philosopherâ€™s stone and the Spagyric Art of Dew Alchemy.
This book provides the reader with a clue to gnosis, through a study of the dense iconography and symbolism illustrated in the plates of the classic alchemical work Mutus Liber.
Liber enim librum aperit, and as â€˜one book opens anotherâ€™, Plimerâ€™s Decoding Alchemy, invites the reader to see with the mindâ€™s eye (spiritually and philosophically) and touch the materia (through practical experimentation), that is that alchemy stands in relation to the world of both mind and nature.
Plimerâ€™s concept of alchemy is that of transmutation, the change of one thing into another, from the gross to the refined. The book constantly reminds the reader that alchemy is to be understood on a spiritual, symbolical and material level. It points out that it is through the divine mix of spirit, soul and body (the alchemic principles of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt) that the alchemist can open up Nature, purify and then reconstitute matter into a higher more exalted form.
In Decoding Alchemy, Plimer presents an in-depth introduction to both the spiritual and practical aspects of alchemy. Alchemy has remained throughout the centuries a subject little understood. Therefore much can be gained through Plimerâ€™s insightful analysis of the allegorical and symbolical emblems found in the Mutus Liber.
The aim of Plimerâ€™s Decoding Alchemy is to allow the student of the subject the opportunity to penetrate the secrets of Nature in search of the lapis philosophorum (philosopherâ€™s stone). It is said that the production of such a stone, allows for the transmutation of both matter and the alchemist.
This massive historical sweep encompasses material including; the operative techniques used by Roman army surgeons, and their legacy; an enlightening discussion of the healing powers of the Welsh saints; the cultural outlook of the Welsh humanists, and the relation of medicine and law in medieval Wales. From the opening section covering the plagues of the early to late medieval period and then moving on to healing associated with sacred sites, other sections touch on spells and herbs, wizardry and cancer cures.
This is an unusual and welcome addition to the history of Wales and provides us with an insight into the lives of its people. Packed with fascinating detail, it is both an enjoyable read and a scholarly work containing very substantial notes.
Born in Dublin, the writer has lived in Pembrokeshire for over 20 years and published books on Celtic arts, Mythology, Welsh landscape and its' pre-history
The original physicians of Myddfai date from the twelfth century and their remedies have come down to us in two books, originating from the descendants of Rhiwallon the physician, a short one named The Physicians of Myddfai and a much longer one attributed to Howel the physician. The two books are included in this present collection, together with the famous legend of Llyn-y-Van which claims that Rhiwallon was taught his medicinal art by his estranged mother, the mysterious Lady of the Lake, who predicted his family would be the most skilful physicians in the country for many generations.
Whatever one thinks of the legend printed here, it is a fact that the descendants of Rhiwallon became notable physicians and that as late as the 19th century more than one royal surgeon originated from the little village of Myddfai. The last known practitioner in Wales seems to have been Rice Williams M.D. of Aberystwyth, who died in 1842 aged 85.
This present collection is a facsimile of the English text first published in Llandovery in 1861 and translated into English by John Pughe. From an index spanning Abdominal complaints to a variety of Wounds, this work advises treatments on hundreds of conditions, sufficient to fascinate any reader.