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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 807: Wales and the South West of England: Identity, Place, and Texts

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Great Western 4 Alliance (GW4), Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff & Exeter
Organiser:Carolyn A. Muessig, Department of Religion & Theology, University of Bristol
Moderator/Chair:James G. Clark, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 807-aThe Marcher Lords and the South-West of England, 1199-1274
(Language: English)
Melissa Julian-Jones, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Demography, Local History, Social History
Paper 807-bArthur in the Margins
(Language: English)
Katherine Anne McClune, Department of English, University of Bristol
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 807-cWilliam Herbert, Earl of Pembroke (d. 1469), and the Welsh-Language Poetry of the Maritime Trade
(Language: English)
Dylan Foster Evans, School of Welsh, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Maritime and Naval Studies

This session will assess how places, landscapes, and texts are used in relation to creating local/regional/national identities in Wales and the South West of England. In particular it will consider: the Marcher lords who held land in the South-West, looking at their personal, spiritual, territorial, and economic networks; the presentation of King Arthur and Sir Gawain in texts that are associated with, or set in, border regions or contested territories; Welsh poetry dedicated to William Herbert, the earl of Pembroke, to ascertain how language in these poem reflected the mercantile and maritime identity of this powerful patron of the arts.