A glittering pantheon of writers and artists, thinkers and inventors, heroes and villains have lived and toiled in this small country. Remarkable events, noble and dastardly deeds and exciting adventures have all taken place with Wales as their backdrop. See details and exclusions. See all 12 brand new listings. All listings for this product Buy it now Buy it now.
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Explore Britain's greatest collection of castles from the first stone fortress at Chepstow to Britain's finest concentric castle at Beaumaris and the magnificent Caernarvon, birthplace of the first Prince of Wales. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series.
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Jan 07, Charlotte rated it liked it. I first spotted this book in the gift shop when I visited Castle Coch, in South Wales, and after flicking through it I thought it'd be interesting to read. I'm not entirely certain how much of the information is true, as other people have said none of the information is sourced, but it's fun to read all the same!
I liked reading odd facts about places near to where I live, and places I have visited in the past. May 28, Sam rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fascinating and informative book with lots and lots of little titbits that'll surprise even the more informed reader. A variety of tales of intrigue, romance, horror and tragedy with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.
This book gives a wonderful insight into the history and people of Wales and shows how far above our 'weight' we really do punch. Jun 10, Will Cross rated it did not like it. As someone who has spent several years researching the Morgans of Tredegar House, Newport South Wales and as the author of several books on them I have to say the reference in this book to Katharine Carnegie, Lady Tredegar is entirely fiction. It is also offensive to the memory of the person in question, and to her surviving family.
Katharine suffered a series of traumas in her life and was the victim of several disabling conditions. Whilst eccentric she was maligned by her son Evan a man who As someone who has spent several years researching the Morgans of Tredegar House, Newport South Wales and as the author of several books on them I have to say the reference in this book to Katharine Carnegie, Lady Tredegar is entirely fiction.
Whilst eccentric she was maligned by her son Evan a man who had a mother fixation with his irrational references to her foibles that were only ever intended as being a joke. The joke got out of hand, and the stories grew up and out of all proportion to the facts. The distasteful passage in this book is as follows: Apparently, when hungry, she would emit a noise something like a jackdaw and a footman would appear with her favourite tiffin, a dish of corn seed, steeped in medium sherry. The originators were the Tredegar House staff who were charged with selling the attractions of visiting the House - which is a gem anyway without its past characters being lied.
I Never Knew That About Wales by Christopher Winn (Paperback, 2015)
All the nonsense — including this story of Katharine was based on a need to market the House and jazz up some of the tales told to visitors. So many stories, myths and legends have been created on flimsy or contradictory evidence, or no evidence at all. As a result there are many bad taste and bad history tales that need to be outed and expunged. The current management of Tredegar House is in the hands of the National Trust who say they intend to burst these myths — top of the list of worst myths — lies in fact - being the several nasty references such as the one here to Lady Katharine Carnegie.
Katharine hardly set foot in Tredegar House, she left her unsuited husband, Courtenay, the 3rd Lord Tredegar in the early years of their marriage and maintained a London home and a home in Surrey. Although of a nervous disposition and someone who had a strong headiness and someone who was often stubborn, she was brought up to do the right thing by others less fortunate than she was and less privileged.
Katharine never hesitated to support good charitable causes, including the Welsh regiments in the Great War and campaigns for greater appreciation of art, music and particularly the opera. She opened up her London home as a war hospital for the Royal Flying Corps and gave funding to support it.
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She was also a talented painter and designer of stain glassed windows. Painted twice by the Welsh artist Augustus John and also by Ambrose McEvoy — these are amongst the more praiseworthy references that should be declared in a book of this kind. There was a couple of factual points that I found questionable but on the whole it is a good book. Dec 14, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: Lots of interesting titbits in here, though it's not a book to sit down with and just try to read through it.
It's a bit too dry and bitty for that -- it's more fun to pick just a few places to look up. Feb 27, Greg Fanoe rated it liked it Shelves: Although I have a natural distaste for unsourced books of trivia, this one was a fairly interesting, though dry, read. It was useful in planning my upcoming trip to Wales though, so that's all I really wanted.
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Sep 17, Annabee rated it really liked it. Oct 08, Annabelle rated it really liked it. This is most interesting.. It's well written and informative.