Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780859890274 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780859890212 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Cornwall: A History

Revised and Updated Edition

Philip Payton

Cornwall: A History

Philip Payton

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

352 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780859890274 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780859890212 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Philip Payton’s classic history of Cornwall, first published in 1996, is brought into the twenty-first century in this revised and updated edition from University of Exeter Press. Cornwall: A History begins with the region’s geology and prehistory, moving through Celtic times to the creation of the kingdom of Kernow and its relationship with neighboring England. Payton examines the political accommodation of medieval Cornwall by the expanding English state as well as the flowering in the middle ages of literature in the Cornish language. He explores resistance to English intrusion, in the rebellions of 1497 and 1549 and in the Civil War, and Cornwall’s role in the subsequent expansion of Britain’s global influence and industry, and concludes with a consideration of the nature of twenty-first century Cornwall.
Contents
Map of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Preface
 
Chapter One Ancient stones
Chapter Two Ancient peoples
Chapter Three The mystery of the Celts
Chapter Four From Dumnonia to Cornubia
Chapter Five Anglia et Cornubia
Chapter Six ‘We Utterly Refuse … This New English’
Chapter Seven ‘There is Much Danger in a Cornish Hugg’
Chapter Eight ‘The Large Continent of Cornwall’
Chapter Nine ‘So Many Brilliant Ornaments’
Chapter Ten ‘If You Haven’t Been to Moonta’
Chapter Eleven Re-Inventing Kernow
Chapter Twelve Whither Cornwall?
 
Select Bibliography
Notes and References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Professor Mark Stoyle, University of Southampton
“Philip Payton is the leader of a new generation of historians exploring Cornwall’s ambivalent position within the English state, and questioning the view of Cornwall as ‘just another English county’.  In this book he argues the case for the Cornish as a separate Celtic people, fully deserving a history of their own, and amply succeeds in his stated aim of bringing that history to the widest possible audience.”
Christopher Williams, Cardiff University
“It is a key text for anyone working on the history of the Celtic nations, peoples, and languages and a very valuable addition to the literature on modern British and Irish history, especially given the increasing tendency to adopt a ‘four nations’ approach investigating the multiple national and ethnic cultures of the British Isles. As Cornish studies has seen such significant expansion in terms of research outputs and new perspectives in recent years I am sure a new edition that could take these things into account would be extremely valuable.”
 
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