By Ruth Kennedy, Simon Meecham-Jones

The conquest of Wales by means of the medieval English throne produced a fiercely contested territory, either militarily and culturally. Wales used to be left fissured via frontiers of language, jurisdiction and loyalty—a reluctant assembly position of literary traditions and political cultures. however the profound effects of this primary colonial event at the improvement of medieval English tradition were skipped over. In environment English figurations of Wales opposed to the contrasted representations of the Welsh language culture, this quantity seeks to opposite this forget, insisting at the an important significance of the English event in Wales for any knowing of the literary cultures of medieval England and medieval Britain.

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Geary, The Myth of Nations (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002), 37. 18. This topic is dealt with in greater length in chapter 2. 19. Ifor ap Glyn, from “Map yr Underground,” in Cerddi Map yr Underground [The Underground Map Poems] (Llanrwst: Carreg Gwallt Press, 2001), 8–9, reproduced by kind permission of the author and Carreg Gwallt Press. 20. Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (Oxford: Blackwell, 1983), 121. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 1 MIDDLE ENGLISH TEXTS AND WELSH CONTEXTS William Marx A berystwyth, National Library of Wales MS Peniarth 39, is a fifteenthcentury manuscript of the Welsh language Law of Hywel Dda [The Law of Hywel the Good].

55v notes in the margin finis angli, that is, at this point the English text finishes. This gives rise to the possibility that the English language text contributed something to the process of compilation that Hugh Evans initiated. This example of a Middle English text in a Welsh context has some interesting suggestions to make about the interplay between English language and Welsh language texts in a Welsh linguistic and cultural environment. First, the Middle English text was produced in what can be assumed was a Welsh speaking region, which is known for other Middle English texts.

18 —the English language manuscripts in the National Library of Wales have remained unexplored. 9 Over half of the manuscripts catalogued for the volume of the Index of Middle English Prose for the National Library of Wales were not listed in the Index of Printed Middle English Prose, and the treatment of National Library of Wales manuscripts in the volumes of the Manual of the Writings in Middle English is sketchy to say the least. For the purposes of this collection of essays what is particularly fascinating about the manuscripts indexed from the National Library of Wales is the treatment of Middle English texts in manuscripts that also contain Welsh, French, and Latin texts.

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