Now available from
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2015)
Verses on the Legendary Heroes of Wales
The Black Book of Carmarthen
Edited and translated by John K. Bollard
Photographs by Anthony Griffiths
from Liverpool University Press (2013)
This casebook presents 101 documents, poems, letters, chronicles, etc., relating to Owain Glyndŵr and the rebellion he led during the first decade of the 15th century. All texts are presented in their original languages (Welsh, Latin, French, Anglo-Norman, Middle and Early Modern English) with translations and explanatory notes. Essays by an international team of experts provide multiple contexts for a thorough reevaluation of Owain and his times.
"...the definitive collection of texts... relating to the great Welshman’s uprising."
--Prof. John France,
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Also available from Liverpool University Press (2011):
Includes among its 53 selections, editions of two texts of the Old English poem on the battle, the Welsh texts Armes Prydein, and Glaswawt Taliesin, the Old Norse Egil's Saga, and numerous Latin, English, Welsh, and French chronicle accounts of the battle.
"... a massive and admirable volume on the Battle of Brunanburh. It is designed as a casebook - a teaching tool and a scholarly examination in one. It is as definitive as it is possible to be about the battle and succeeds admirably as a case study of how to examine an obscure medieval battle."--Journal of Military History
The Native American Biography Project
a satirical look at both the historical world of twelfth-century Wales and the colorful gilded and bejeweled world of Arthur and his companions.
The third volume of the Legend and Landscape of Wales series,
Tales of Arthur,
contains three tales of Arthur's knights,
Peredur son of Efrawg,
Owain, or The Lady of the Spring,
The History of Geraint son of Erbin.
Named the Best Photography/Art Book published in Wales in 2010-2011 by the Welsh Books Council.
For more information about The Mabinogi
and to order copies of these books,
click here to go to The Mabinogi web page.
The First Valentines
The First Valentines will be a coffee-table gift book containing translations of the first hundred years of Valentine's Day poetry alongside photographs of the original texts in various medieval manuscripts. Valentine's Day began in the fourteenth century when Geoffrey Chaucer and other English and French poets in his circle began to write love poetry set on February 14, Valentine's Day -- the day the birds choose their mates, as so humorously depicted in Chaucer's Parliament of the Birds.
Writing the Declaration of Independence
Writing the Declaration of Independence will present photographic copies and transcriptions of documents related to the preparation, publication, and influence of this central document in US history. Pride of place will be given to various fragments and drafts of the Declaration in the hands of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Richard Henry Lee, along with the various early printed versions and other documents, such as Abigail Adam's famous letter to John Adams abjuring him to "remember the Ladies." Side-by-side presentation of transcripts of Jefferson's draft copy of the Declaration and the text adopted by the Continental Congress will demonstrate much about the thought processes that went into the document, and will also reveal some surprises about some of the most often repeated phrases in American history.
Awards and Honors
Tales of Arthur
was named the Best Photography/Art Book published in Wales in 2010-2011 by the Welsh Books Council.
From 2002 through 2005 Dr. Bollard was executive editor and managing editor of the African American National Biography, an ongoing research project at Harvard University directed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. In 2004 African American Lives, a collection of over 600 biographies of both famous and lesser known African Americans, was selected as a Booklist Editor's Choice for Best Reference of 2004.
Reference Works for Young Readers and Writers
The Scholastic Children's Thesaurus, the Scholastic Student Thesaurus, and the Scholastic Pocket Thesaurus are innovative thesauruses designed to introduce students to the joys and complexities of the the intricate web of the English vocabulary.
Links of Related Interest
A Moment in the Field
Voices from Arthurian Legend
Poems by Margaret Lloyd
Readers interested in Arthurian Legend and its continuing resonance in our own time should read Margaret Lloyd's A Moment in the Field (Plinth Books, 2006).
For more information, go to A Moment in the Field.
A selection of photographs of the Welsh landscape can be seen on -- and ordered from -- Anthony Griffiths' website. Anthony is also one of the foremost guitarists in Wales, and samples of his music can be heard on his website. His CD Ysbryd: The Spirit of the Celtic Guitar can be ordered from that website, or in the US from here.