Dr Mari Wiliam and Hanes Byw (Living History)
Recently, a brand new Welsh-language magazine to promote the history of Wales and Welsh history outside of the country began its publication: Hanes Byw (Living History). The magazine was created following a call from the Welsh Book Council for ideas to create new magazines and periodicals. It is, therefore, excellent to see that the application for a grant to create a magazine devoted to history was successful and that Ifor ap Glyn is now the editor of this fascinating and important publication.
Among the advisory panel for Hanes Byw is our Dr Mari Elin Wiliam, who is a lecturer in Modern History, in the School of History, Law and Social Sciences, and in this first issue, there is an exceptionally interesting article by Dr Wiliam regarding the monarchy and the relationship with Wales in recent times.
Dr Wiliam said: ‘As someone who has been involved in studying the history of Wales and History in the medium of Welsh throughout my career, it was great news to hear that the magazine, Hanes Byw, was being launched. With the new Curriculum for Wales placing particular emphasis on the study of the history of Wales and its communities, it is very timely to have a magazine that appeals to school pupils, university students and, indeed, anyone with an interest in the bond between the past and the present.'
The title of her article is ‘“Ein Calon Gan Estron Ŵr”: Coroni 1953 a 2023’, '"Our Heart by a Foreign Man": Crowning 1953 and 2023' and the text of the piece is indeed stimulating.
Considering the article in its formation, Dr Wiliam elaborated: 'I decided to write an article comparing the reactions to the Coronation in 1953 and 2023 as such ceremonies give an impressive impact on society. While there is a lot of talk about the lack of interest and opposition to the Coronation of Charles, there was also a lot of apathy at the time of the Coronation of Elizabeth II, even though mythology has been revolutionized to apparently believe that everyone was happy and celebrating.'
'Getting to grips with the complexities of history is very important for us to understand today's context,' observes Dr Wiliam.
Hanes Byw, which 'intertwines yesterday with today', is available in your local bookshops and online for £4.95.