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Sleeping with an Elephant: Wales and England in the Mabinogion

  • Jon Kenneth Williams
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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

This chapter proposes that several prose tales of the Mabinogion acknowledge English military and political supremacy over Wales during the centuries that followed the Edwardian conquest. Such a recognition of English might enable Welsh literature to exhort its audience to a mutually profitable complicity with the English, one of the goals of which was the perpetuation of the Welsh language.

Keywords

British Isle Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century English Empire Welsh Language 
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    Huw Pryce, “British or Welsh? National Identity in Twelfth-Century Wales,” in English Historical Review 116 (2001): 780 [774–801].Google Scholar
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    R.R. Davies, The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093–1343 ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 ), 4.Google Scholar
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    R.R. Davies, The Revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995 ), 23.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Jeffrey Jerome Cohen 2008

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  • Jon Kenneth Williams

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