Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales (The by Ruth Kennedy, Simon Meecham-Jones

By Ruth Kennedy, Simon Meecham-Jones

The conquest of Wales through the medieval English throne produced a fiercely contested territory, either militarily and culturally. Wales was once left fissured via frontiers of language, jurisdiction and loyalty—a reluctant assembly position of literary traditions and political cultures. however the profound outcomes of this primary colonial event at the improvement of medieval English tradition were passed over. In atmosphere English figurations of Wales opposed to the contrasted representations of the Welsh language culture, this quantity seeks to opposite this forget, insisting at the the most important significance of the English adventure in Wales for any figuring out of the literary cultures of medieval England and medieval Britain.

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Fols. 12r–73r contain the Welsh language text of the Elucidarius; of these, fols. 39r–58r are a fifteenth-century vellum fragment of the text, and Hugh Evans has constructed a complete Welsh language text of the Elucidarius around this earlier fragment. The remainder of the folios (fols. 73v–81v) contain, in Hugh Evans’s hand, religious texts in Welsh, with the exception of a Latin text of the Creed. What had escaped the notice of English scholars, but not Welsh scholars, is that the first eleven folios contain a significant portion of a distinct Middle English translation also of the Elucidarius.

25. 26. 27. 28. 29. D. , University of Cambridge, 1990), 225–45. Jenkins (“Aspects of the Welsh Prophetic Verse Tradition”) does not specifically suggest Neath Abbey as the original home of the manuscript, but accepts arguments for its association with the region in which the abbey is situated. Evans (First Portion of the Welsh Manuscripts at Peniarth, 389–99) was the first to suggest Neath Abbey, and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan reports evidence that tends to support this view; see Ceridwen LloydMorgan, “Prophecy and Welsh Nationhood in the Fifteenth Century,” Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (1986): 9–26, at 20 and note 26.

9. R. S. Thomas, “Welsh Landscape,” in R. S. Thomas, Collected Poems, 1945–1990 (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1993), 37. 10. R. R. Davies, England’s First Empire: Power and Identity in the British Isles, 1093–1348 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000). 11. R. R. Davies, Domination and Conquest: The Experience of Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1100–1300, Wiles Lectures 1988 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 3. 12. English Historical Documents Volume III, ed. Harry Rothwell (London: Routledge, 1996), 422.

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