The Project

Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales, 1740-1918

This project was established in October 2001 and came to an end in September 2008. It was jointly financed by the AHRC and the University of Wales. Its main aim was to explore Iolo Morganwg's vast archive and reappraise his contribution to the cultural life of Glamorgan and Wales. In a series of authoritative and accessible volumes on various facets of his life and work, the project sets out to explain how this flawed genius constructed a complex historical and creative synthesis in his vision of the history and significance of Wales. His influence on the literary and historical consciousness of Wales up to the Great War is also measured. The three-volumes of Iolo's edited letters constitute the cornerstone of this project.

Cover - Rattleskull Genius
A Rattleskull Genius: The Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg (2005)
Edited by Geraint H. Jenkins
This volume of essays re-evaluates the diverse interests of Iolo Morganwg and offers a vivid portrait of a multi-gifted stonemason, a druidic bard, a labouring poet, a romantic myth-maker, a comsummate forger, a political radical and an agricultural commentator.

Clawr - Bardic Circles

Bardic Circles: National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo MorganwgCathryn A. Charnell-White
Iolo Morganwg was widely known in his day as the 'Ancient British Bard' and as the founder of the Gorsedd of the Bards. This volume discusses the way in which bardism, Iolo Morganwg's enthralling bardo-druidic vision, served its creator's national, regional and personal agendas.

Clawr - The Truth Against the World

The Truth against thr World: Iolo Morganwg and Romantic ForgeryMary-Ann Constantine
During Iolo Morganwg's lifetime Britain was obsessed with literary forgery. This book reveals the unexpected connections and hiden influences behind Britain's most successful (and hence least visible) Romantic forger.

Clawr - The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg
The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg 1826-1926
Marion Loffler
This volume charts the public reception and criticism of Iolo Morganwg's writings, the development of his eisteddfod and Gorsedd ideas, and the cultivation of the myth of 'old Iolo' during the first hundred years after his death.

Clawr - The Correspondence of Iolo Morganwg
The Correspondence of Iolo Morganwg
Geraint H. Jenkins, David Ceri Jones and Ffion M. Jones
This three-volume edition of the rich and fascinating correspondence of Iolo MOrganwg covers the period from 1770 to 1826. It brings us closer than ever to the cultural mores of Romantic Wales and illuminates the life and works of this extraordinary man.


Further details on publications


2002 - The Vision of Iolo Morganwg
2003 - The Trials and Tribulations of Iolo Morganwg
2004 - 'Rattleskull Genius': Iolo Morganwg and his friends
2006 - The Heritage of Iolo Morganwg
2007 - The Welsh Bard and Druid: Iolo Morganwg
2008 - Farewell to the Old Sorcerer