IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 207: Medieval Welsh Texts and Identities, I

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), Aberystwyth and Bangor / School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Organiser:Euryn Rhys Roberts, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Moderator/Chair:Fiona Edmonds, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 207-aPlace, Identity, and Social Memory in Early Welsh Poetry: A Comparative Study of Place-Name Reception in Y Gododdin and the Poems of Taliesin
(Language: English)
Kelly Austin Kilpatrick, Institute for Name Studies, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Mentalities
Paper 207-bCourt Poetry and Coeling Identity in 12th-Century North Wales
(Language: English)
Edwin Hustwit, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 207-cGorau Cymro: Pilgrimage in Early Welsh Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Bryn Jones, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Celtic
Abstract

The six papers offered in these two sessions explore various aspects of Welsh texts (both vernacular and Latin) and identities. In the first session, Kelly Kilpatrick’s paper explores the role and function of place-names in early Welsh poetry as a means of examining personal identity, praise and commemoration in the Brittonic speaking Old North. Edwin Hustwit investigates medieval Welsh court poetry for references and allusions to the Brittonic dynasties of the Old North and considers their significance to the sense of history and identity in 12th-century North Wales. Finally, Bryn Jones explores the sessions’ central themes through the depiction of pilgrimage in early Welsh saints’ lives.