Prophecy, Lament and Absent Heroes in Medieval Welsh Literature

Aled Llion Jones


Aled Llion Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780708326756 Published December 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The Welsh literary tradition is in many ways sui generis: few medieval cultures gave comparable respect to their poets. This book is the first in over seven decades to explore the literary, theological, and philosophical relevance of a somewhat ignored, but remarkably powerful, body of Welsh literature—the daroganau, or, political prophecies. Engaging the critical tradition exemplified by such writers as Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Roman Jakobson, Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, Roland Barthes, and Paul Ricoeur, Aled Llion Jones delves into the means of expression in these radical philosophies of nationalism, internationalism, and allegorical eschatology, as well as their breathtakingly beautiful use of language and form.




1              Prophecy, apocalypse and return

2              Praise, lament and silence

3              Manuscripts, multilingualism and fragmentation

4              Rhys Fardd, ventriloquy and pseudonymity

Conclusion: History split and promises unmade

Appendix 1: Manuscripts containing darogan

Appendix 2: Tables of manuscripts and their contents

Appendix 3: Prophecies of Rhys Fardd in pre-c.1540 manuscripts

Appendix 4: Bilingual manuscripts containing prophetic material



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