Bardic Circles

National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo Morganwg

Cathryn Charnell-White

Bardic Circles
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Cathryn Charnell-White

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708320679 Published July 2007 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Bardism was the idiosyncratic vision of the Romantic forger Iolo Morganwg—a radical Druid revival that asserted Welsh identity and downplayed the influence of Christianity. It furnished the Welsh nation with a pantheon of heroes; asserted liberty, equality, freedom of speech, and opposition to war; and repudiated the tired contemporary stereotype of the barbarous Celt. Bardic Circles discusses the national, religious, and personal identities made explicit in Bardism and its relation to Iolo’s self-definition, Romantic forgeries, and contemporary Welsh self-image.
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