The Welsh Language: A History by Janet Davies

a nutshell: spanning millennia, this overview of the Welsh language (iaith fy wlad – the language of my homeland) was so readable I finished it in a single day

a line: “The average Englishman … is seldom prepared to believe that the Welsh are a different nation – in fact, if there is any general attitude towards the Welsh, it is that they are a nuisance”

an image: though I learned about the Blue Books controversy at school, I still find Rev L. H. Davies’ portrayal of Welsh society mind-blowing with its claims of how ‘the females’, ahem, had a prevalent want of chastity and of how young people had a habit of rolling around in haylofts together – what a picture he painted

a thought: the roots of the Welsh language stretch back at least 2,500 years (perhaps 4,000) compared with little more than 1,500 years in the cases of English & Gaelic – Welsh is a rare example of an indigenous language of the Western Roman Empire still spoken today

a fact: in 2011 the Welsh National Assembly passed a Measure that gave the Welsh language official status in Wales, thus making it the only language which is de jure official in any part of the UK

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