Sleeping with an Elephant: Wales and England in the Mabinogion

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


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.


British Isle Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century English Empire Welsh Language 
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