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Sun, Jul 16



CAHS Zoom meeting

The formation of Cornwall and the Cornish identity in the Early Medieval by John Fletcher

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CAHS Zoom meeting
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Time & Location

Jul 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT


About the event

At the beginning of the 8th Century an entry in the Welsh Annals records three victories of the Britons over Anglo-Saxon invaders: "And the battle of Hehil among the Cornish, the battle of Garth Maelog, the battle of Pencon among the south Britons, and the Britons were the victors in those three battles." This remarkable entry is the first time the Cornish are listed as their own people, separate to an overriding SW Kingdom of Dumnonia. But how did this identity emerge? What happened to Dumnonia? And how did the fledgling Cornish survive the eventual rise of England to preserve their own identity, language and culture into the modern era? John Fletcher, author of 'The Western Kingdom: The Birth of Cornwall' will aim to answer these questions and paint a picture of a vibrant, outward looking and thriving kingdom and culture located in the far SW of Britain.

John Fletcher has been an Early Medieval reenactor for sixteen years, with much of that being focused on recreating life in 8th-11th century Cornwall and Devon. He runs the Facebook page 'Morvleydh', and gives talks on the emergence of the Cornish state. He has a Bsc in Environmental Sciences and focused his dissertation on how climate change impacted Early Medieval settlement on Dartmoor.

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