The Place of the Welsh in the History of Britain

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Simpkin, Marshall, & Company, 1889 - 48 pages

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Page 9 - It may be objected to this, that hitherto we have sought in vain in Welsh for traces of Basque, and that Welsh is a purely Celtic tongue. The objection finds its answer in the fact that the Ethiopian can change his language but not his skin, and that within the present century Welsh as a language has perished in Cornwall, a part of the old West Wales, and now in the dales of Cumbria only survives in the tongue of shepherds counting their sheep.
Page 30 - The lofty ruin standing now in the corn lands on the banks of the Severn, between Shrewsbury and the Wrekin, and the broken columns of white sandstone, the pavements, and the fire-stained stones, revealed in the excavations, carry home to the mind even of the casual visitor the justice of this picture of destruction drawn by the pen of John Eichard Green.
Page 41 - I would have loaded him with ecclesiastical benefices and preferred him to the highest honours." His account of his journeys in Wales in preaching the first crusade, and in Ireland along with Prince John, are the two most important historical works relating to these lands in the twelfth century. His noble motto, " Non sibi sed patriae natus," " Born not for himself but for his country...
Page 29 - the white town in the valley," as it is called by a British poet, defended by walls which enclosed a space more than double that of Roman London, with forum and theatre, " was left a heap of blackened ruins where the singer wandered through halls he had known in happier days, the halls of its chief Kyndylan,
Page 33 - Frontier against the Welsh. Palisades have been found as far apart as the borders of China and Manchuria and of Manchuria and Korea, and the outskirts of the Roman dominions beyond the Danube and the Rhine. Spartianus, in his Life of Hadrian,1 describes the palisade erected by...
Page 19 - ... intermarriage. It is obvious, therefore, that those tall invaders of the lands on the west side of the Rhine are either identical with the Celts or Gauls of history, or, to say the least, so closely related to them in tongue and physique as to leave no mark behind by which they can be distinguished. They were the vanguard of the great Aryan army which ultimately conquered the whole of Western Europe. They belong to the race that turned the Etruscans out of the region of Northern Italy, and seized...
Page 33 - Lancashire and the lake country were conquered by Ecgfrith in AD 670-75, and the rest of the Welsh kingdom of Strathclyde in the valley of the Clyde in AD 756. The victories of Offa removed the Mercia boundary westwards as far as the dyke known by his name, and extending from the mouth of the Wye to the mouth of the Dee. The whole of Shropshire and a large part of Hereford became England. The English conquest of South Britain does not concern us. It is sufficient to note that there was a Welsh quarter...
Page 39 - ... They are still occupiers of the soil of the district of Pembroke, Haverfordwest, and Tenby, without having learned the Welsh tongue or having lost all traces of their ancestry. The final incorporation of the Welsh and the English into one and the same people, with common interests and common foes, may be said to have ended with the division of the Principality of Wales into shires. From that time to the present day the inhabitants of England and Wales have become more and more united together...

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