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Memory on the Margins: Reimagining the Past in the Anglo-Welsh Borderlands

Drawing together chronicles, genealogies, and romances in English, Welsh, Latin, and French, this monograph examines the politically-motivated reinterpretation of the Welsh past by aristocratic families in the Anglo-Welsh borderlands c.1250-1450. It argues that Marcher families leveraged their ancestral and political ties to Wales in order to strengthen political power, both regionally and nationally, through the production of historical and genealogical texts that reimagined the Welsh historical past. Their activities reshaped the lines of transmission of Welsh texts into England and amplified Welsh influence on the political terrain of late medieval Britain. The book shows that Wales did not fade into insignificance after the conquest of 1282 but rather exerted a continuous pull on the English historical imagination.

The Chronicles of Medieval Wales and the March: New Contexts, Studies and Texts. Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 31 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020). Editor, with Ben Guy, Owain Wyn Jones, and Rebecca Thomas.

A Companion to Geoffrey of Monmouth. Brill’s Companions to European History 22 (Leiden: Brill, 2020). Editor, with Joshua Byron Smith.

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities (London: Routledge, 2020). Editor, with Elaine Treharne and Benjamin Albritton.

Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018). Editor, with A. Joseph McMullen.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Transnational Book Traffic in the Irish Sea Zone: A New Witness to the First Variant Version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s De gestis Britonum.” Forthcoming in North American Journal of Celtic Studies 4:2 (2020).

“Reading Geoffrey of Monmouth in Wales: The Intellectual Roots of Brut y Brenhinedd in Latin Commentaries, Glosses and Variant Texts.” Viator 49:3 (2018) [2019]: 103-28.

“From ‘The Matter of Britain’ to ‘The Matter of Rome’: Latin Literary Culture and the Reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth in Wales.” Arthurian Literature 33 (2016): 1-28.

“The Use of English Annalistic Sources in Medieval Welsh Chronicles.” Haskins Society Journal 26 (2015): 229-47.

“The Intersection of Ethnicity and Material Culture: Manuscripts, Book Shrines and Political Realities in Late Medieval Gaelic Ireland.” Studia Celtica Fennica 12 (2015): 21-34.

“Quotation, Revision, and Narrative Structure in Giraldus Cambrensis’s Itinerarium Kambriae.” Journal of Medieval Latin 24 (2014): 1-52.

“Rhetoric, Translation and Historiography: The Literary Qualities of Brut y Tywysogyon.” Quaestio Insularis 13 (2012): 78-103.

“Source Material, Mirabilia and the Bestiary Genre in Gerald of Wales’s Topographia Hibernica.” Fons Luminis 2 (2012): 39-67.

Refereed Book Chapters

“Networks of Chronicle Writing in Western Britain: The Case of Worcester and Wales.” Forthcoming in Constructing History through the Conquest, Worcester c.1050-c.1150, ed. Francesca Tinti and David Woodman, Writing History in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press).

“Gerald of Wales and Welsh Society.” Forthcoming in The Handbook of Medieval Wales, ed. Emma Cavell and Kathryn Hurlock (Leiden: Brill).

“Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, and Welsh Latin Writing.” Forthcoming in Teaching Celtic Literature in the General Education Classroom, ed. Matthieu Boyd and Melissa Ridley Elmes (Teaneck, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press).

“Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Conventions of History Writing in Twelfth-Century England.” Forthcoming in A Companion to Geoffrey of Monmouth, ed. Georgia Henley and Joshua Byron Smith (Leiden: Brill), 291-314.

“The ‘Cardiff Chronicle’ in London, British Library, Royal MS 6 B. xi.” In The Chronicles of Medieval Wales and the March: New Contexts, Studies and Texts, ed. Ben Guy, Georgia Henley, Owain Wyn Jones, and Rebecca Thomas (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), 231-87.

“Gerald’s Circulation and Reception in Wales: The Case of Claddedigaeth Arthur.” In Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic, ed. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018), 223-42.

“Gerald of Wales: Interpretation and Innovation in Medieval Britain,” with A. Joseph McMullen. In Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic, ed. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018), 1-16.

“Through the Ethnographer’s Eyes: Rhetoric, Ethnicity and Quotation in the Welsh and Irish Works of Gerald of Wales.” In Rhetoric and Reality: Studies in Medieval Celtic Literature in Honor of Daniel F. Melia, ed. Paul Russell and Georgia Henley, CSANA Yearbook 11-12 (Colgate, NY: Colgate University Press, 2014), 63-74.

Journal Issues

Rhetoric and Reality: Studies in Medieval Celtic Literature in Honor of Daniel F. Melia, CSANA Yearbook 11-12 (2014). Colgate, NY: Colgate University Press. Editor, with Paul Russell.

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 33 (2014). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Editor, with Liam Brannelly and Kathryn O’Neill.

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 32 (2013). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Editor, with Deborah Furchtgott and Matthew Holmberg.

Quaestio Insularis 12 (2012). Cambridge, UK: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Editor, with Simon A. Patterson and Joanne Shortt-Butler et al.

Notes

“Geoffrey of Monmouth.” Forthcoming in Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online, gen. ed. Wim Blockmans and Régine Le Jan (Abingdon: Routledge).

“Aneirin.” In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, ed. Siân Echard and Robert Rouse et al. (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).

Book Reviews

Gerald of Wales, Instruction for a Ruler. De principis instructione ed. and trans. Robert Bartlett. Speculum 95:3 (2020): 831-32.

Arthur in the Celtic Languages: The Arthurian Legend in Celtic Literatures and Traditions ed. Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan and Erich Poppe. Arthuriana 30:2 (forthcoming 2020).

Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales by J. Beverley Smith. Speculum 90:2 (2015): 586-88.

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