The Tale of Twm Sion Cati
illustrations by Margaret Jones
Apecs Press 2005
hb 0 9548940 1 4 £7.95
pb 0 9548940 3 0 (out of print)

Twm Siôn Cati is a fascinating character straight from the Welsh history books of Tudor times.

The Tale of Twm Siôn Cati tells the story of a Welshman born in a time of lawlessness and disorder, poverty and unrest. In this story, the Squire, Jasper Tyler and Elias Richards, the rich shopkeeper, support Henry VIII's attempts to impose law and order in a wild and dangerous Wales. In these perilous times, people were condemned for celebrating innocent customs like the May Day festival and the Mari Lwyd. In a country where most people were poor, men like Jasper Tyler and Elias Richards held the power to wreak revenge on the innocent and get away with it. That is, until Twm Siôn Cati, master of disguise and mimicry, found ways of helping friends in need and teaching Jasper and Elias a thing or two on the way…