Professor Graham Caie FRSE in conversation with Dr Chris Jones
Sir John Rhys Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Gruffydd Aled Williams, on 16 November 2010 (venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh), as part of the British Academy's 'Medieval Week'. In Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Hotspur is made to refer to the partiality of Owain Glyndwr (Glendower) for prophecies, which he characterises dismissively as 'skimble-skamble stuff'. This lecture explores the authentic medieval Welsh literary corpus associated with Glyndwr, consisting in the main of bardic eulogies rather than prophecies and mostly composed before the outbreak of the 1400 revolt. The poems are examined in historical context including some of Scottish interest (alluding to Glyndwr's participation in the English invasion of Scotland in 1385). Themes to be considered will include their possible utility, both before and during the revolt as political propaganda designed to further Owain's cause.
Professor Julia M.H. Smith summarises the arguments she presented in her 2010 Raleigh Lecture. Her Raleigh Lecture on History was delivered in Edinburgh on 15 November 2010, as part of the British Academy Medieval Week.
Tuesday 16 November 2010, 6.00pm
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
as part of the British Academy's 'Medieval Week'