O'Donnell Lecture 2018 - Cheapside in Wales: Textiles and Commodities in Medieval Welsh Poetry
Among the large corpus of Welsh poetry composed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, there are numerous references to material commodities indicative of the commercial culture of the new towns of Wales. A notable subset of these commodities are textiles. Birds are described as wearing lifrai, ‘livery’, or dwbled o blu, ‘a doublet of fur’, women are dressed in mwre, ‘murrey’, and sgarlad, ‘scarlet’, types of luxury imported cloth.

This lecture examines some of these references to textiles and evaluates their social and linguistic significance as a key to understanding multilingualism and commercialisation in late-medieval Wales.
Date: 10 May 2018, 17:00 (Thursday, 3rd week, Trinity 2018)
Venue: St Cross Building, St Cross Road OX1 3UR
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre 2
Speaker: Professor Helen Fulton (University of Bristol)
Organising department: Faculty of English Language and Literature
Organiser contact email address: english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk
Topics: Literature, Medieval, Poetry
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editors: Christine Bayliss, Waverly March