Wales from Union to Industrialisation

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616053
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672219 | DOI:
Wales from Union to Industrialisation

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This chapter traces the history of Wales from union to industrialisation. For Wales the union with England in 1536–42 had brought with it the loss of independent political structures and an extensive, though not yet total, realignment in the dispensation of justice and administration. Nevertheless, the inhabitants preserved their cultural identity and ancestral Celtic language which, although officially unrecognised, remained the sole means of communication for the great majority of the population. The chapter then discusses Welsh literature in the early modern period and the beginnings of Welsh antiquarianism.

Keywords: England; Celtic language; Celtic culture; Welsh literature; Welsh antiquarianism

Chapter.  2095 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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