Early Modern Wales c.1536–c.1689

Ambiguous Nationhood

Author(s) Lloyd Bowen

Language: English

Genre(s): History

Series: Rethinking the History of Wales

  • November 2022 · 304 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781786839589
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786839596
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786839602

About The Book

This is the first general history of early modern Wales for more than a generation. The book assimilates new scholarship and deploys a wealth of original archival research to present a fresh picture of Wales under the Tudor and Stuart monarchs. It adopts novel perspectives on concepts of Welsh identity and allegiance to examine epochal events, such as the union of England and Wales under Henry VIII; the Reformation and the Break with Rome; and the British Civil Wars and Glorious Revolution. It argues that Welsh experiences during this period can best be captured through widespread attachments to a shared history and language, and to ideas of Britishness and monarchy. The volume looks beyond high politics to examine the rich tapestry of early modern Welsh life, considering concepts of gender and women's experiences; the role of language and cultural change; and expressions of Welsh identity beyond the principality’s borders.


Chapter 1: Locating Early Modern Wales
Chapter 2: ‘They Value Themselves Much upon their Antiquity’:
History, Myth and Identity
Chapter 3: ‘Awake Now Thou Lovely Wales!’: The Reformation and its Legacies
Chapter 4: Alternative Visions: Catholicism, Puritanism and Dissent
Chapter 5: ‘The Communion of One Tongue’: Language and Society
Chapter 6: ‘A Prince of our Own Natural Country and Name’: Welshness, Britishness and Monarchy
Chapter 7: Politics, Officeholding and Participation
Chapter 8: Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales
Chapter 9: ‘A Brittain by Nation Born’: Welsh Diasporas

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Lloyd Bowen

Lloyd Bowen is Reader in Early Modern History at Cardiff University.

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