Helen Fulton (Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York)
This is a brief summary of a paper on Welsh poetry, patronage and politics. It was given at the Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Conference at the University of Toronto April 18 – 21, 2013.
Political poetry was instrumental in putting Henry Tudor on the throne. These two poets, Dafydd Llwyd and Guto’r Glyn, responded differently to the drama going on before them. Both were supporters of opposing sides. The Welsh attitude was shaped by their earlier experience of the Glyn Dwr revolt in 1400. The Welsh poets urged their patrons not to allow this to happen again. Edward Mortimer and Henry Tudor both had ties to Wales. Edward was descended from Marcher lords and, ‘Henry Tudor had even more impressive Welsh credentials’, i.e., his grandfather had married into Wales which brought him well into the Welsh realm. Henry was made a ward in Wales and had a welsh speaking nanny. The Welsh considered Henry Tudor and the people rejoiced to see him win the throne in 1495.