The conquest of Wales by the medieval English throne produced a
fiercely contested territory, both militarily and culturally. Wales
was left fissured by frontiers of language, jurisdiction and
loyalty--a reluctant meeting place of literary traditions and
political cultures. But the profound consequences of this first
colonial adventure on the development of medieval English culture
have been disregarded. In setting English figurations of Wales
against the contrasted representations of the Welsh language
tradition, this volume seeks to reverse this neglect, insisting on
the crucial importance of the English experience in Wales for any
understanding of the literary cultures of medieval England and
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