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The CeltsA History from Earliest Times to the Present$
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Bernhard Maier

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616053

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.001.0001

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Wales from Union to Industrialisation

Wales from Union to Industrialisation

(p.225) Chapter 21 Wales from Union to Industrialisation
The Celts

Bernhard Maier

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the history of Wales from union to industrialisation. For Wales the union with England in 1536–42 had brought with it the loss of independent political structures and an extensive, though not yet total, realignment in the dispensation of justice and administration. Nevertheless, the inhabitants preserved their cultural identity and ancestral Celtic language which, although officially unrecognised, remained the sole means of communication for the great majority of the population. The chapter then discusses Welsh literature in the early modern period and the beginnings of Welsh antiquarianism.

Keywords:   England, Celtic language, Celtic culture, Welsh literature, Welsh antiquarianism

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