The Chartist Rambler
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Adored by the people of the Monmouthshire valleys, twice gaoled for sedition, burnt in effigy by his former supporters; preacher, baker, bookseller: William Edwards had a turbulent and eventful life during a period when the decayed medieval borough of Newport, reduced to little more than a riverside village, was rapidly growing into the biggest town in South-east Wales.
Edwards was a major figure in the South Wales Chartist movement but today he is largely forgotten, his achievements overshadowed by the drama of the 1839 Newport Rising, which he instigated yet eluded due to his first spell in prison. This book tells his story and restores him to his rightful place in the history of the struggle for democratic rights.