Swansea, a coastal city in modern day Wales, was a thriving center in medieval Europe. Despite its historical importance, Swansea is often overlooked in contemporary accounts of the era. This project, created by an interdisciplinary team of scholars at a variety of universities in the United Kingdom and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, is designed to engage learners of all ages with the history of Swansea. In particular, this website addresses the famous case of William Cragh, who was sentenced to hanging after he took part in an attack against the Oystermouth Castle in 1297. Ten years later, nine witnesses reported to Pope Clement V that Cragh had survived two hanging attempts at Swansea Castle. These witness accounts, alongside the story of Cragh's rebellion, provide unique insight into the religious practices, governance, and culture of medieval Swansea. For upper elementary and middle school learners, the game portion of this website allows users to learn more about the case by "interviewing" witnesses around Swansea. Visitors of all ages can learn more about the Cragh case under the story tab. Other highlights of this project include the scholar-authored essays in the contexts section (which address topics such as Viking Swansea and the Development of Medieval Swansea) and the interactive tours, which provide information about important sites in medieval Swansea via an interactive map.
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