Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

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  • Copyright: 2013-02-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This, the first volume in theHistory of Wales, provides a detailed history of Wales in the period in which it was created out of the remnants of Roman Britain. It thus begins in the fourth century, with accelerating attacks from external forces, and ends shortly before the Norman Conquest of England. The narrative history is interwoven with chapters on the principal sources, the social history of Wales, the Church, the early history of the Welsh language, and its early literature, both in Welsh and in Latin. In the fourth century contemporaries knew of the Britons but not of Wales in the modern sense. Charles-Edwards, therefore, includes the history of the other Britons when it helps to illuminate the history of what we now know as Wales. Although an early form of the name Wales existed, it was a word in the Germanic languages, including English, and meant inhabitants of the former Roman Empire; it therefore covered the Gallo-Romans of what we know as France as well as the Britons.

Author Biography

Thomas Charles-Edwards was Jesus Professor of Celtic and Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford from 1997 until 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Lands of the Britons
After Rome
Britain, 350-5502
The Britons and their Languages
The Britons and the Irish, 350-8005
From Pelagius to Gildas
Rome and the Britons, 400-664
Early Welsh Society
Charters and Laws
Lords, Food-Renders, and Peasants
Kinship and Status
The Britons and the English, 550-1064
The Britons and the Northumbrians, 547-685: The Evidence
The Britons, Northumbria, and the rise of Mercia, 550-685
The Britons and their neighbours under the Mercian hegemony
Two Ninth-Century Writers
The Transformation of the Ninth Century
The Britons and the Empire of Britain
Wales, 950-1064
The Welsh Church and Culture
The organization of the Welsh Church, 768-106
Poets and Story-Tellers
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