Sleeping with an Elephant: Wales and England in the Mabinogion
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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.
KeywordsBritish Isle Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century English Empire Welsh Language
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