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6th May 2023: Reading for Republicans

As a response to the junketing taking place in the centre of London this weekend, Cockatrice Books quietly discounts two of its titles to rather less than the cost of the coronation for the average UK taxpayer. My translation of A Book of Three Birds by Morgan Llwyd, written by a roundhead and Fifth Monarchist during the early years of Cromwell’s dictatorship; and T. Gwynn Jones’s translation of The Sleeping Bard by Ellis Wynne, published just a few years before Scotland’s annexation by England, both reflect on the nature of power and authority, the relationship between religion and the state, the purpose of the British union, and the future of Wales.

My introductions to both these books revisit their themes in the light of Brexit, the rise of English nationalism and the threat of fascism, in a century of extinctions both biological and cultural. They also offer – in place of the spectacle of the coronation, the vast expense, and the arrests of peaceful protesters – an insight into the origins and nature of the British union. Both books are discounted to less than £9, and will remain so until the end of Friday 12th May.

A Book of Three Birds

The Sleeping Bard

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