The daffodils outside my house bloomed right on schedule. They surely must be Welsh daffodils. I took it as a minor omen.
Monks trained at St. David's monastery wrote down the legends of the Welsh. The Welsh were never a fully united nation, so St. David provided a rallying point against the encroaching English and Normans. He was something all Welshmen could fight for, regardless of tribal loyalties and internal politics. Shakespeare made St. Davey's Day famous in this scene from Henry V:
Lewis Spence was an anthropologist and a student of the occult. He also founded the Scottish National Party. REH read Spence, as did Robert Plant. Here is the text of Spence's The Mysteries of Ancient Britain:
The Appin Murder - the killing of Colin Campbell (the Red Fox) - which served as inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson when he came to write Kidnapped. N.C. Wyeth did some of his best work on this book.
Hereaboots cam Conan, the Cimmerian: daurk-heidit, lowrin-e’ed, claymore in haun; a nabber, a cateran, a mollicatur; whiles a drearifu chiel, gey drum an’ oorie, whiles jinkin an’ rantin, fou o’ dafferie an’ deeviltrie, tae strampil owre the fancie muckle thronis o’ the Yeard wi’ brogan’d feit.
Crom! A hoard of almost 70,000 Coriosolite coins has been found ond cleaned on the Channel Island of Jersey off the coast of Brittany. The entire dirt/corrosion-encrusted mass weighed about a ton when excavated. It dates to right around the time of the Roman conquest of Gaul:
Post by trescuinge on Jul 20, 2017 20:37:09 GMT -5
July 31st is the 100th anniversary of the death of the Welsh poet Ellis Evans. Despite leaving school at 14 to work on the family farm he had a talent for poetry. He did well at many Eisteddfodau and received the bardic name Hedd Wyn.
Evans was a pacifist but was conscripted and sent to France during the Great War. He died attacking Pilckem Ridge on the very first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.