I have just finished reading a book called Invention of Tradition. While it had several interesting chapters, it was actually the chapter entitled From a death to a view: The hunt for the Welsh Past in the Romantic period. It was looking at symbols that are associated with Welsh but how they only become part of Welsh life in the 1750. For example, The dragon that is so connected to Welshiness due to it being on the Welsh flag was first used in 1805. It also looked at the life of Iolo Morganwg and his obsession with Druids and the Eistedfod. Overall it is only the first two chapters that I found interesting (the other one was looking at the symbolism of Scotland) otherwise I find the book a bit heavy going.
August 4, 2011