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News networks in Early Modern Wales

Bowen, Lloyd ORCID: 2017. News networks in Early Modern Wales. History 102 (349) , pp. 24-44. 10.1111/1468-229X.12368

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This article addresses the neglected topic of gentry news culture in early modern Wales. It argues that the Welsh gentry accessed and consumed news in much the same way as their English counterparts, but with subtle and important differences. Examining the circulation of news as part of the culture of gentry sociability, the article examines the ways in which news followed networks of family and friendship, highlighting in particular the role of the London Welsh diaspora in communicating news back to the principality. It is suggested that this served to inflect the news with a particular cultural sensibility – by highlighting matters of relevance to the principality or local area, for example. The article also examines the role of Welsh news flowing back into London to inform correspondents at the centre of provincial developments. The piece further argues that the prevailing religious and political cultures of the principality influenced what news was welcomed there, privileging the status of news which supported the position of king and Church, particularly after the civil wars of the 1640s and 1650s. As such, the article makes a claim for thinking about Welsh news as part of a particularist political culture within the British state.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0018-2648
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 October 2016
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2022 04:12

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