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Encyclopedia > Alexander Cordell

Alexander Cordell was the pen-name of George Alexander Graber (1914-1997), a prolific novelist and author of thirty acclaimed works including Rape of the Fair Country, The Hosts of Rebecca and Song of the Earth. 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

He was born in Ceylon. A major in the Royal Artillery, he retired to civilian life as a quantity surveyor for the War Office and moved to Abergavenny with his wife Rosina and daughter, Georgina. It was from here that his obvious love for Wales began to grow; in later life he referred in his writings to his mother being from the Rhondda valley. The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army It is made up of a number of regiments. ... The War Office was a government agency in both the United Kingdom and the United States. ... This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ...

Some of his most famous works—Rape of the Fair Country (1959), The Hosts of Rebecca (1960) and Song of the Earth (1969)—form the "Mortymer Trilogy", and are part of a series of Cordell novels that portray the turbulent history of early industrial Wales as vividly as any writer has achieved. Faithful to historical fact, he presents events like the birth of trade unionism and rise of the Chartist movement. A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers... Chartism is also an alternate term for technical analysis A movement for social and political reform in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century, Chartism gains its name from the Peoples Charter of 1838, which set out the main aims of the movement. ...

The "Mortymer Trilogy" is the story of the Mortymer family, commencing in 1826, and tells of the trials of several generations of the family, set against the background of the coal and iron industry. In 1985, at the suggestion of fellow author, Chris Barber, Cordell wrote a prelude to the trilogy, This Proud and Savage Land, which starts in 1800 and tells the story of sixteen year old Hywel Mortymer, who comes from rural Mid-Wales to work in the coal mines and iron works of industrial South Wales. It ends with the birth of his son Iestyn, with which the next book commences. 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1972, Cordell wrote The Fire People, set in Merthyr Tydfil. It is set against the background of the 1831 Merthyr Rising, for which Cordell did considerable research. An appendix to the book presents evidence suggesting that Richard Lewis, known as Dic Penderyn, may have been unjustly condemned to be hanged, for which he has become known as the first Welsh working-class martyr. 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful) is a town and county borough in the traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales, with a population of about 55,000. ... 1831 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Merthyr Rising of 1831 was the violent climax to years of unrest among the working class of Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding area. ...

Cordell left Wales for spells in Hong Kong and the Isle of Man. Yet he kept coming back to Wales. He settled at various times in Abergavenny, Chepstow, Milford Haven and Wrexham. Chepstow (Welsh language: Cas-gwent) is a border town straddling the Monmouthshire/Gloucestershire border, situated at the confluence of the River Wye and River Severn. ... Milford Haven (Welsh: Aberdaugleddau) is a town in Pembrokeshire, Wales. ... Wrexham (pronounced Recsam, and in Welsh spelt Wrecsam) is an old industrial town in north Wales close to the English border. ...

He collapsed and died while walking near the Horseshoe Pass in Denbighshire and is buried at Llanfoist, Abergavenny. Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in North Wales. ... Llanfoist is a village in Monmouthshire, Wales at grid reference SO287130, near Abergavenny. ...

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