Hosts of Rebecca by Alexander CordellNow admittedly I havent actually read The Rape of a Fair Country which is the first in this triology, however the way Cordell has written this and his other works, I dont think this is necessary as everything is explained through the story and the characters with superb ease.
This book continues to follow the Mortymer Family as they struggle to make ends meet, deal with the loss of family and friends and their own complicated emotions, all against the backdrop of the Rebecca Riots of the 1830s and 1840s. Cordell has once again managed to perfectly capture the mood of the time as families fight against constantly rising taxes, injustice and the constant threat of starvation and mine collapse. The internal struggles that many must have felt at the time, torn between protecting and providing for their families and fighting the injustices of the time, is portrayed with vivid prose that captures the readers heart as well as their imagination. This is a superb tale that shows the humanity that drove the Rebeccas and the people behind them who ultimately paid the price.
Hosts of Rebecca by Alexander Cordell, First Edition
Simply link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to your Booktopia account and earn points on eligible orders. Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! It is the time of the Rebecca Riots when economic turmoil and unjust taxes have left the communities of south Wales in dire poverty with many on the brink of starvation. A time when young men ride through the night smashing and burning the symbols of their oppression. The Mortymer family have left their home in the iron-making country of Blaenafon to seek work in the coal mines of the south.
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Share on:. At the end of Rape of the Fair Country Iestyn Mortymer had been sentenced to deportation for seven years because of the part he played in the Chartist rebellion and the Newport Rising of His mother, wife, Marie, younger brother, Jethro, sister, Morfydd and the two children of the family returned to the land, living on a farm owned by Marie's grandfather. The life was hard and not just for the Mortymers, with poverty breathing over their shoulders and it was made worse by the tollgates installed by landowners, effectively adding a levy to any produce which the farmers attempted to move. The tollgates were one of the factors which sparked the Rebecca Riots, so called because the leader was disguised as a woman to protect his identity and this quirk was taken up by the men who followed him.
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