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Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth (Stories of Medieval Gower) 

by Ann Marie Thomas

Alina's husband John de Mowbray takes control of the Lordship of Gower in 1320, in an attempt to secure her inheritance. But her father had sold it to the king's favourite, and the king takes it back. The Marcher Barons side with de Mowbray and rebel against the king. But although it eventually leads to the king's downfall, Alina and John will pay a heavy price.

Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John  (Stories of Medieval Gower)

by Ann Marie Thomas

The rise and fall of the greatest of the de Braoses, William, 4th Lord of Bramber, Lord of Gower and many other lands besides. William de Braose rose to a position of great power and influence as a close confidant of King John, but when his wife revealed John's greatest secret John's revenge was brutal. William's sons and grandson turned to Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd to help them regain their lands. The fall of the de Braose family was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta and led to the offer of the English crown to the prince of France.

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The Magna Carta Story: The Layman's Guide to the Great Charter

(Stories of Medieval Gower)

by Ann Marie Thomas

The layman's guide to Magna Carta and a good story too. The relationships, arguments, bad behaviour, and civil war around the imposition of the Great Charter on King John, and what happened afterwards. Why is it considered so important after 800 years, and what did it actually say?

Medieval Gower Stories

(Stories of Medieval Gower)

by Ann Marie Thomas

Fascinating stories from medieval Gower: battles, brutality, adultery, daring escapes, fairies and an ogre! If you like scandal, intrigue and true stories from history, then you’ll love this. Witness the crimes of mad King John, the atrocities of the Ogre of Abergavenny and search for the lost treasure of Edward II.

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Swansea Miracle

(Stories of Medieval Gower)

by Ann Marie Thomas

It was a cold, crisp November morning on Gallows Hill above Swansea Castle. The two convicted men shivered in their thin shirts waiting for the hanging. But this was to be a hanging like no other before or since. One of the men wouldn't stay dead.

Captain Edward Gill.: From Pitman to Spin Doctor

by Mike Everley

Edward (Ted) Gill a leading activist in the South Wales Miners Federation and Labour Party. Won the Military Cross in World War 1. Fought the Frome Constituency several times. Died from his wounds while still very young.

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The Art of C.S.C. Everley

by Mike Everley

Sadly, Cherrill passed away on the 17th August 2016 after a short illness. She was only 67. She worked in a wide variety of styles, ranging from traditional life studies to modern and post modern abstracts. Although she often adopted realism in order to produce landscapes, portraits and life studies, her more recent work tended toward abstracts and semi abstract work, with the beauty of the local area influencing much of her painting. Cherrill lived and worked in the Swansea area all of her life and many of her paintings reflect the city's rich industrial past. She was also very interested in finding positive and negative shapes in the natural elements and depicting them in an abstract style.

Transport in the 1970s and 1980s.: The slides of David W. Beardmore

by Mike Everley

Upon the death of his cousin David W. Beardmore, the author acquired over 5,000 colour slides that he had taken, mainly of transport, during the 1970s and 1980s. This small publication represents a small sample of this body of work. A short biography of David’s family has been included. David volunteered with the Severn Valley Heritage Railway at its Hampton Loade station. Mike Everley was born in 1949 in the mining district of South Wales. He studied as a mature student at Coleg Harlech, Aberystwyth University and the University of Leeds. Before retirement, was a member of both the Society of Authors and the National Union of Journalists.

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