The Sleeping Bard by Ellis Wynne (Introduction)

Publisher: Cockatrice Books, 2022 | ISBN: 978-1912368310 | Format: 20.3×12.7cm paperback | Length: 180 pages | Price: £9.99.

Translated by T. Gwynn Jones, with an introduction by Rob Mimpriss

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Three nightmare visions of the world, of death and of hell.

The anonymous poet is dragged from sleep by the fairies of Welsh myth and, rescued by an angel, is taken to see the City of Doom, whose citizens vie for the favour of Belial’s three beautiful daughters; to the realm of King Death, the rebellious vassal of Lucifer; and finally to Hell itself, where Lucifer debates with his demons which sin shall rule Great Britain.

First published in 1703, this classic of religious allegory and Welsh prose combines all the blunt urgency of John Bunyan with the vivid social satire of Dryden and Pope, and is published in the T. Gwynn Jones translation of 1940, with an introduction by Rob Mimpriss reflecting on its political significance as the union of England and Scotland comes to an end.

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