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

Bardic Circles: National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo Morganwg (New)

by Charnell-White, Cathryn

Publisher: University of Wales Press

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9780708320679, 0708320678


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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.

Iolo Morganwg was widely known in his day as the 'Ancient British Bard' and as the founder of the Gorsedd of the Bards. This volume discusses the way in which bardism, Iolo Morganwg's enthralling bardo-druidic vision, served its creator's national, regional and personal agendas. By constructing a new and attractive national image for the Welsh, Iolo repudiated contemporary stereotypes of the barbarous Celt and enriched the ancient bardic tradition of Wales. Bardism's regional hierarchy also promoted the literary primacy of Glamorgan and, moreover, offered Iolo himself a means of shaping his own posthumous reputation. A selection of Iolo's highly stimulating writings on bardism also allows the reader to hear Iolo's own forthright opinions on these themes.

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