Glanmor Williams: A Life by Glanmor Williams

By Glanmor Williams

This autobiography recounts the stories of a Welshman who has develop into well known as a historian writing prolifically in English and Welsh, a lecturer, instructor and broadcaster, and an lively public determine. he's endowed with a full of life feel of humour that regularly breaks the outside - frequently at his personal price! He hails from the commercial township of Dowlais, sited in north Glamorgan, at the very fringe of the attractive hill and farming nation of Breconshire. He was once born in 1920, the single baby of working-class mom and dad, and he writes movingly of his youth and adolescence spent amid a warm-hearted, closely-knit neighborhood which suffered the complete strength of monetary blight. Following a customary Welsh schooling at Cyfarthfa and Aberystwyth, he later spent approximately 40 years as a school instructor in Swansea, twenty-five of them as professor of background. His Scholarship has been recognized through the award of the Fellowship of the British Academy, and has a knighthood for 'services to the heritage, tradition and history of Wales.' He has mixed this with an lively public profession, during which he has been chairman and member of a various and various variety of our bodies, together with the Broadcasting Council for Wales, the British Library Board, the Board of Celtic experiences, the Pantyfedwen Trusts and CADW. He brings a historian's eye to the paintings of those firms and sketches shiny thumbnail graphics in their major figures.

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He was late on this occasion – as indeed he very frequently was – and we were waiting for him to join us before going into the classroom. As he dashed helterskelter around the corner, Miss A. C. Davenport, the headmistress of the girls’ school, was arriving on the scene. I should explain that Miss Davenport was a tall, handsome lady, with an impeccable carriage, beautiful white hair and piercing blue eyes. She was a stickler for dignity and discipline, and was determined that those boys who were allowed to encroach upon her hallowed domain should behave with due decorum – and perhaps a bit more.

It was the headmaster who taught us European history in the sixth form. If the truth be told, he was not an especially good teacher, but he had a tremendous delight in the subject, which he successfully conveyed to us. Theoretically, we were studying the period from 1763 to 1914, but ‘the Boss’ had such an absorption, almost amounting to an obsession, in the French Revolution and Napoleon, that we never got much further than 1815. Even so, it was he who introduced me to great historians like H.

Retired professor of Welsh, T. Gwynn Jones, was one of the greatest Welsh poets of the modern era. His younger colleague, T. H. Parry-Williams, was as celebrated a prose-writer as he was a poet. Another member of the department, D. J. ‘Gwenallt’ Jones, was also emerging as a major figure among the ranks of Welsh writers. Not surprisingly, they attracted many students who themselves aspired to become littérateurs. Leading figures among them were Gwyndaf, already a bardic winner at the National Eisteddfod, David Marks, Dyfnallt Morgan – a Penydarren boy and himself to be a National winner in due course – Eluned Ellis Williams and a number of others.

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