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Valerie Allen is Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNYRuth Evans is Professor of English at Saint Louis University

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085062

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085062.001.0001

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Conquest, roads and resistance in medieval Wales

Conquest, roads and resistance in medieval Wales

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(p.277) 12 Conquest, roads and resistance in medieval Wales
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Dylan Foster Evans

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085062.003.0012

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.

Keywords:   roads, Wales, Welsh language, poetry, medieval, conquest, identity, Edward I, laws of Hywel Dda, Dafydd ap Gwilym

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