“May God place a bridge over the River Tywi”: Interrogating flood perceptions and memories in Welsh medieval poetry

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Abstract

This chapter interrogates the historical flood memories recorded in a particular expression of Welsh medieval culture, that of a praise poem – the dominant genre in medieval Welsh poetry based on a system of formal patronage in which the poet praised his host or patron – by one of the foremost poets of the fifteenth century, Lewys's Glyn Cothi. A new edition and discussion of this poem are presented, and in taking an ecocritical approach and a detailed examination of the context, genre and style of the poem, the chapter investigates the ways in which a single flood event is recorded, described, imagined and remembered. It analyses the potential for integrating such artistic expressions with scientific data in order to inform environmental management and community flood resilience. Overall, the poem records and transmits not only a memory of flooding, but also the geomorphology of the medieval floodplain including observations of climatically and anthropogenically driven changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather
Subtitle of host publicationA Historical Geography Perspective
EditorsGeorgina Endfield, Lucy Veale
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter6
Pages93-111
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315461458
ISBN (Print)9781138207653
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Historical Geography

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