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Conquest, roads and resistance in medieval Wales

Foster Evans, Dylan ORCID: 2016. Conquest, roads and resistance in medieval Wales. Allen, Valerie and Evans, Ruth, eds. Roadworks: Medieval Britain, Medieval Roads, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 277-302. (10.7228/manchester/9780719085062.003.0012)

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This chapter examines cultural responses to roads in medieval Wales and shows that there is a growing body of evidence that roads were constructed in medieval Wales before the Edwardian conquest, despite a popular belief that roads in pre-modern Wales are scarcely worthy of note. It is argued on the basis of a variety of Welsh-language texts that roads played a significant part in the construction of identity in medieval Wales. The texts examined including native tales, the laws of Hywel Dda, and pre- and post-conquest poetry, including that of Dafydd ap Gwilym. It is argued that the road-building undertaken by Edward I’s armies resulted not only in a changed physical landscape but also in poetic reimaginings of the relationship between the Welsh community and its environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719085062
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 11:02

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