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Historic and hardy bible to go on show.

A 400.YEAR.OLD bible that survived being used as toilet paper and a fire starter has been saved.

The leather bound 1620 Llanwnda Bible defied the odds and is to go on public display at the National Library of Wales.

For nearly four centuries the ancient book sat in the back of a church and withstood the last invasion on British soil in 1797.

Enemy invaders landed on shores in Llanwnda, Pembrokeshire, before robbing buildings. The army of 1,400 French and Irish troops smashed up pews in St Gwyndaf's Church in Llanwnda and used pages from the bible to start a fire. The Llanwnda Bible was then abandoned until being found again in the 1990s.

It was handed over to conservators at the University of Wales' Trinity St David's in Lampeter two years ago. It will next month be moved to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Retired lecturer Dr John Morgan-Guy said: "Expert analysis of the bible suggests these soldiers grabbed it by the hard cover and tore the binding.

"They then ripped handfuls of sheets from the bible and used them to start a fire outside so they could cook food and keep warm. Alas, some of the sheets were used for more basic purposes by the soldiers."

Eventually the bible will be returned to St Gwyndaf's - where it will be on display inside a temperature and humidity-controlled glass cabinet.

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Date:Jan 9, 2018
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