Dr William Price: Wales's First Radical

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Chartist, surgeon, heretic, Archdruid and pioneer in the legalisation of cremation in the British Isles, Dr William Price was undoubtedly one of the most flamboyant, romantic and eccentric characters in Welsh history. Famed healer, crusader of reform, exiled political activist and a sparkling, dynamic, eloquent man who blazed progress and controversy by outraging a conventional society, there was much more to Price than his radical attitudes to cremation. Poverty-stricken in his youth, his father was an insane priest, although Price remarkably became a surgeon by the age of just twenty-one. He created an embryonic national health service, masterminded the first Museum of Welsh Life, launched Wales’s first cooperative society, had visions of a new massed druidic rising and was exiled to France as a Chartist leader. Calling his first son Iesu Grist (Jesus Christ) Price, claiming he was a druidic Messiah, he cremated the child after its death aged just five months. The landmark court case led to the passing of the Cremation Act in 1902. He fathered illegitimate children with a housekeeper sixty years his junior and died sipping a glass of champagne at the age of ninety-two. This is the first fully researched biography of Dr Price, capturing not only his life’s history but also the thoughts and ideals of the man himself. It includes a vast collection of pictures, private letters and family papers never used in any previous publications.

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Dean Powell was born and still lives in Llantrisant and is an accomplished guest speaker, journalist, author, broadcaster and vocalist. He makes frequent guest appearances on radio and television as a local historian and expert on the life of Dr William Price. A former newspaper editor and award-winning journalist, Dean is a well-known local historian and author and is a Freeman and Trustee of Llantrisant Town Trust.

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'Meticulously detailed and the product of a great amount of research.'--Peter Rogerson

'Powell succeeds in celebrating not only the importance of the achievements of this remarkable Welshman, but also the cultural richness of the Welsh nation.'--Professor Hilary J. Grainger, Pharos

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