Approaching the Middle Ages: Wales and Brittany

Picture of Heather WilliamsDr Heather Williams has gained funding from the British Council under its Franco-British Partnership Programme to develop collaboration between CAWCS and the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique at the University of Brest exploring cultural connections between Wales and Brittany.

On Saturday 24 January the first of four research workshops, ’Approaching the Middle Ages’, was held in Aberystwyth as a public forum attended by over forty people. Dr Ann Parry Owen introduced our work on medieval Welsh poetry, and Professor Dafydd Johnston and Dr Barry Lewis spoke on aspects of the current project on the poetry of Guto’r Glyn.

Dr Heather Williams, Dr Barry Lewis, Dr Fañch Postic, Dr Gary German, Professor Dafydd Johnston, Dr Hélène Tétrel and Professor Jean-François SimonThe four visiting speakers from Brittany were Professor Jean-Francois Simon on reconstructing medieval houses, Dr Hélène Tétrel on comparative medieval studies, Dr Gary German on parallel patterns of personal names, and Dr Fanch Postic on collecting oral literature.

These papers are now available on the CAWCS website, here. The second workshop was held in Brittany in June 2009 on the theme of ’Landscape and Heritage’.