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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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Constructing beauty, constructing gender

Constructing beauty, constructing gender

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Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages
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Susan M. Johns

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089992.003.0008

Nest’s beauty is a central motif in interpretations of her and is key to the construction of her as the ‘Welsh Helen of Troy’. Her beauty is particularly emphasized in genres such as modern popular interpretations of her in creative fiction. Her inscription as a great beauty is a result of interpretations of the Brut, and her beauty authorizes the actions of Owain ap Cadwgan’s abduction. The chapter consider the importance of beauty in selected texts to consider how it was portrayed; the analysis examines beauty’s meanings and how it was used by authors to authorize agency and power.

Keywords:   Welsh history, British history, Irish history, Gender history, Women’s history, Historical fiction, Heritage / museums, Travel writing, Beauty, Nation

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