Download PDF by Geraint H. Jenkins: A Rattleskull Genius: The Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg

By Geraint H. Jenkins

ISBN-10: 0708319718

ISBN-13: 9780708319710

An industrious educational and charmingly eccentric Romantic poet and forger, Iolo Morganwg (1747-1846) left at the back of a floor-to-ceiling stack of unpublished manuscripts in his small Welsh cottage. A Rattleskull Genius, in keeping with that trove of unpublished fabric now held on the nationwide Library of Wales, offers either a party and a serious reassessment of the writer and his contributions to Welsh cultural culture.

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See chapters 4 and 5 below. NLW 21424E, no. 16a; NLW 21280E, Letter no. 86,Walter Davies to Iolo Morganwg, 24 July 1810. T. Jenkins and Helen M. Ramage, A History of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and of the Gwyneddigion and Cymreigyddion Societies (1751–1951) (London, 1951), p. 107. 13 14 ON THE TRAIL OF A ‘RATTLESKULL GENIUS’: INTRODUCTION easily identify. 47 As Iolo immersed himself in the esoteric lore of the druidic bards and shared a glass with boisterous friends, his ego became quite disproportionate to his physical size.

1766), in which love of a county was tied to the wider interest in druidism. In England, too, there was a strong tradition of using the county as an appropriate unit for the study of history. In Rosemary Sweet’s view,the profusion of county histories was rooted particularly in the self-interest of the landed gentry:‘there was . . a strong sense of county feeling amongst the landed elite; this manifested itself in the county history . . , 1805–9), Samuel Rush Meyrick, The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan (1808), and Richard Fenton, A Historical Tour through Pembrokeshire (1810), though John Thomas, headmaster of Beaumaris school, had published A History of the Island of Anglesey much earlier, in 1775.

NLW 13222C, pp. 185–6, Iolo Morganwg to William Owen Pughe, 15 August 1805; BL Add. 15030, ff. 1–2, Iolo Morganwg to Owain Myfyr, 15 November 1798. See chapter 20 below; Cambrian Register, 3 (1818), 381–5, Iolo Morganwg to Evan Williams, 31 March 1811. NLW 21286E, Letter no. 994, Iolo Morganwg to Taliesin Williams, 23 September 1823. NLW 13136A, p. 96. NLW 13222C, p. 170, Iolo Morganwg to William Owen Pughe, 23 June 1803. Cf. NLW 13138A, p. 68. 99 Misspellings, solecisms and misprints were exposed with gleeful relish, and it is not the least bit surprising that his London-based benefactors, notably Owain Myfyr and William Owen Pughe, tired of his importunities, ingratitude and abusive manners.

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