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Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle AgesNest of Deheubarth$
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Susan M. Johns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089992

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089992.001.0001

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Remaking Nest:

Remaking Nest:

eighteenth- and nineteenth-century views

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Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages

Susan M. Johns

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the historiography of Nest and women in medieval Wales, broadly understood, from the early eighteenth century to the emergence of formal academic historiography. It assesses the Welsh historiography, both formal and as expressed in other genres, especially travel writing, showing divergent tendencies to view Nest either with horror or embarrassment, or to make her a heroine; and this will be related to the ways in which she is made to relate to the English, and also to conceptions of the proper behaviour of a medieval princess. Comparison will be made with the developing historiography of contemporary Welsh princes.

Keywords:   Modern Welsh history, Modern British history, Gender history, Women’s history, Antiquarianism, Travel writing, Conquest, Nation

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