88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome

Ever since I did the Scotcast I’ve been receiving messages on facebook, on twitter, on the forums, and I’ve even been getting personal emails asking for more about Wales. And my response has always been the same, I’ll do it but not yet.

Well, I think that right now will be the best time to get that ball rolling. Why? Because the Germanic East and the Celtic West are about to come into direct conflict. Sure, things have never been all that friendly, but it’s going to get a lot worse thanks to an old man thinking a slave boy was cute as a button. Seriously, when you get right down to it, that’s basically what started this mess.

But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. First, lets talk about Wales and what makes it special and unique. After all, Wales has been on a very different track of development from the Anglo Saxon communities that we’ve been discussing.

But, unlike the Scotcast, we wont be covering the early history in heavy detail because we’ve already covered quite a lot of Welsh history in the show to date. So my thought is that I can largely remind you of the story with an attention to how it was affecting the Welsh, and if you want more detail you can double back and listen to some of those earlier shows… and that will let us quickly get to that fun, sub-Roman period and those people who were really irritating Gildas.

8 Responses to “88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome”

  1. I assume a CornCast is coming some day?

  2. woah! Which episode talks about the bones of the Red Lady? Thanks!

    • Huh… I just did a check and somehow I didn’t cover it. I could have sworn I did, but it’s not in any of my scripts. I might need to do a short extra bit on the members feed at some point to fix that. Sorry!

  3. Huzzah for the Welshcast! I say this not because my name is Floyd (and yes: I’m about one-third Welsh, one-third Scots, and one-third sundry British, with at least one dose of Huguenot mixed in there), but because I only discovered the British History Podcast a few months ago, and I’m about two years behind (deep in Roman Britain). That’s fine in and of itself, and I know there’re plenty of hours of education and entertainment ahead of me, but I was missing out on the online comments/discussion. I was waiting for a clear and obvious watershed in periodization and/or theme, to jump in and be current—and figured I might have to wait until 1066 and all that—and along came the Welshcast. I probably won’t get a chance to listen until the weekend, but maybe I’ll have something to post soon thereafter.

    Half-a-lifetime ago, I was actually planning to specialize in late antique British history (even published something in the field, on the church in Welsh). It might be impolitic, on an open webpage, to say what precisely got in the way, but I jumped ahead about a thousand years, and settled down in the 18th and 19th centuries, although right now I’m working on the post-1945 period. Obviously I like the modern period, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the bad old days, and I sometimes wonder, if time were my servant and there were no bills to pay, if I wouldn’t immerse myself a millennium or so back.

    Anyway, I like what I’ve heard, and look forward to being involved. Thanks–

  4. Richard says:

    So walhaz was the proto-Germanic word for foreign, and it’s what the cheeky Anglo-Saxons called the WALes, CornWALL, WALLachia, and so on. Here’s the fun part: it’s also what they called WALnuts, because they thought they were strange and foreign.

  5. ChibiMethos says:

    What’s the name of the song that you played at the beginning of the episode? I’d love to hear the rest of it. Thanks for all the great episodes, and keep up the good work!

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