The book contains some remarkable stories such as the illegitimate son of a slave owner and his slave who became Britain’s first black High Sheriff and the mineowner who sold his home to compensate the families of those killed in a colliery accident.
- The villages of the old county of Monmouthshire reflect the history of this border county from the Romans through the Anglo Saxon and Norman invasions, the Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and the decline of the iron, steel and coal industries. As well as highlighting the well known beauty spots in villages along the River Wye and the many castles and Roman remains, some hidden gems are revealed like the roodscreen and loft in St Jerome’s church at Llangwm and the isolated church at Kilgwrrwg along with legends of fairies in Abertysswg and Bassaleg being the birthplace of the Arthurian Merlin.
Geoffrey Davies was born in Porthcawl and raised in a former mining village, attending a valley grammar school before studying history and philosophy at St David's Lampeter. After a career in investment and marketing he retired to Carmarthenshire and renewed his interest in Welsh history and in villages in particular. He has already published Carmarthenshire Villages and Pembrokeshire Villages and this book is the third in the series.