Faletra, M. A., Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century (2014)

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Faletra (Michael A.) 2014a

Faletra, Michael A., Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century, The New Middle Ages, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Citation details

Contributor(s) Faletra (Michael A.)
Work Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century
Place New York
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Year 2014
Series The New Middle Ages


Abstract (cited) Focusing on works by some of the major literary figures of the period, Michael A. Faletra argues that the legendary history of Britain that flourished in medieval chronicles and Arthurian romances traces its origins to twelfth-century Anglo-Norman colonial interest in Wales and the Welsh. Viewing the Welsh as England’s original repressed Other, this book identifies and critiques the ways in which medieval narratives construe Wales as a barbaric peripheral zone requiring colonial control. By focusing on texts across a variety of genres by some of the major literary figures of the period - including Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and John of Salisbury - Faletra offers innovative new readings that illuminate both the subtle power and the imaginative limitations of these matters of Britain.
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Faletra (Michael A.) 2014a

Subject classification

History of Wales Anglo-Latin literature

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De nugis curialium (Walter Map)Descriptio Kambriae (Gerald of Wales)Erec et Enide (Chrétien de Troyes)Historia regum Britanniae (Geoffrey of Monmouth)Itinerarium Kambriae (Gerald of Wales)Lanval (Marie de France)Milun (Marie de France)Policraticus (John of Salisbury)Topographia HiberniaeYonec (Marie de France)


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History, society and culture

People and organisations

  • Chrétien de Troyes
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Gerald of Wales
  • John of Salisbury
  • Marie de France
  • Walter Map

General and various


matter of Britain, colonialism

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“Introduction: The scrap-heap of history”
[Ch. 1] “Geoffrey of Monmouth and the matter of Wales”
[Ch. 2] “Fairies at the bottom of the garden: courtly Britain and its others”
[Ch. 3] “Chrétien de Troyes, Wales, and the matière of Britain”
[Ch. 4] “Crooked Greeks: hybridity, history, and Gerald of Wales”
[Epilogue] “The birds of Rhiannon”
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