Gerald Morgan Dinefwr: a Phoenix in Wales

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Dinefwr: a Phoenix in Wales

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An iconic place in the history of Wales Set on a hilltop above the Tywi valley, Dinefwr is one of the most resonant names in Welsh history: its castle was Lord Rhys's seat of power and his mansion house the home of the Dynevor family for generations. The title, Dinefwr: The Welsh Phoenix, was chosen after much thought. It is intended to convey the extraordinary roller-coaster careers of the two families associated with Dinefwr and the estate. Dynastic catastrophes in 1093, 1277-87 and especially 1531, each of them part of the history of Wales, were all overcome in one way or another, while the seemingly inevitable 20th century decline and break-up of the estate demesne was dramatically transformed at the last moment. Dinefwr has reemerged from disaster after disaster. Dinefwr shares many features common to the larger landed estates in Wales: the involvement in politics, the improvements in agriculture, the philanthropy and the place in the landscape. But Dinefwr has a greater story to tell as a witness to Welsh history, and that over a period of nearly a thousand years. Its landscape and buildings are vivid testimonies to a past during which greater and lesser princes fought to maintain a basic independence from foreign rule, and in which a successor lineage of seventeen generations of the same landowning family gained, lost, regained and lost their roles, leaving a landscape to be cherished.

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Gerald Morgan lives in Aberystwyth and likes to describe himself as a teacher and historian in that order. After teaching English at Ysgol Maes Garmon, Mold, and at Ysgol Gyfun Aberteifi, he served 22 years as headteacher first of Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni and then of Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig, Aberystwyth. A second career saw him teaching Welsh and local history in the Extra-Mural Department of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published books and articles on a wide range of subjects, including A Welsh House and its Family: The Vaughans of Trawsgoed and Nanteos: A Welsh House and its Families and Ceredigion: A Wealth of History.

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