Dr. Mike Benbough-Jackson is a proven local historian of quality and merit. He is an expert in the history of Ceredigion, especially the modern period. His PhD was titled 'Locating a Place and its People: Ceredigion and the Cardi c. 1760-2004' and he has published subsequent articles in Ceredigion (2003) and in Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture (2003). Until recently he was a lecturer at University of Wales Lampeter. He is due to take up a post as lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University.
Cardigan has contributed much to Welsh culture: the first Eisteddfod held by Lord Rhys at Cardigan Castle in 1176, the founding of colleges at Lampeter and Aberystwyth in the nineteenth century and the National Library in the early twentieth, as well as the significant monastic sites of Strata Florida, Llanbadarn Fawr and Llangeitho makes this county a great contributor to the culture of Wales, both past and present.
The author also discusses less well trodden aspect of Cardiganshire's past – emigration due to poverty, geographical differences between parts of the county, as well as superstition and sport, are all woven into this volume.