It is the time of the Rebecca Riots when economic turmoil and unjust taxes have left
the communities of south Wales in dire poverty with many on the brink of starvation. A
time when young men ride through the night smashing and burning the symbols
of their oppression.
The Mortymer family have left their home in the iron-making country of Blaenafon to seek
work in the coal mines of the south. Young Jethro Mortymer decides that he must join the
rioters in their bitter struggle even as he is tortured by his own struggle to conceal the love
he has for the beautiful Mari, his brother's wife.
THE HOSTS OF REBECCA is a brilliant continuation of Alexander Cordell's classic
story of mid-nineteenth century Wales which began with THE RAPE OF THE FAIR
Alexander Cordell was born in Ceylon in 1914, was educated mainly in China and joined the army in 1932. After WWII, during which he served in France, he became a civil servant, spending three years in Hong Kong. He wrote more than thirty novels including the highly acclaimed 'Mortymer Trilogy' - The Rape of the Fair Country, The Hosts of Rebecca and Song of the Earth. He died on 13 November 1997 aged eighty-three