Identity and Diaspora

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Identity and Diaspora

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Throughout the centuries it was always the littérateurs who had chiefly created, shaped, fostered, preserved, and made articulate the national feeling of those who considered themselves Cymry, meaning a man from the same country. By honoured custom, the literary men, exalted figures at court and in the counsels or rulers, had an obligation to full as remembrancers: to preserve the history of the rulers of their country; to guard its language; and to record genealogies of free men. The Welsh pride in language was linked with delight in their literature. Although the Welsh had lost their independence with the death of their last prince and failed to revive it by the Glyndŵr’ Rebellion, they had somehow managed to survive in a kind of twilight world without being completely absorbed into the kingdom of England, and had even preserved some of their own institutions, including a few of the provisions of their own laws.

Keywords: littérateurs; Cymry; custom; genealogy; England; Glyndŵr’ Rebellion

Chapter.  9614 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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