I’m currently working on a gazetteer of surnames in Cornwall. For more details see here.

Now available from Amazon for £9.99 + postage

Industrial Celts explains how Cornwall’s early industrialisation produced a unique society and a distinct regional culture. Socially, Cornwall became home to a dispersed paternalist society. In economic terms, it was based on mining and merchant capitalism. Culturally, it was dominated by Methodism. The twin symbols of mining and Methodism became central to a sense of Cornishness, encapsulated in the popular dialect literature that flourished in the mid-1800s. At the same time, identification of the Cornish as Celts became more widespread. That self-description had been recognised by Cornish historians as early as the 1700s and did not have to await either the later ‘Cornish Revival’ or romantic, metropolitan dreamers. Moreover, early de-industrialisation and mass emigration meant that Cornwall’s rural industrial economy and society retained material differences well into the twentieth century. However, the sense of identity produced by its industrialisation had its limits and proved incapable of competing with more powerful territorial discourses. Industrial Celts, a revised and more accessible version of my doctoral thesis, restores the importance of Cornwall’s industrial period to the modern sense of Cornishness and is an essential addition to the corpus of scholarly work on Cornwall’s past.

For a chapter by chapter synopsis see here.

If you’re interested in this can you afford to miss From a Cornish Study: essays on Cornish Studies and Cornwall?

This 226 page book, published in 2017, is available from Amazon at £9.99 plus postage or the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies bookshop or the Royal Cornwall Museum shop, Truro or direct from me.

For further details see here.

4 thoughts on “NEWS

  1. Good to know someone else has their doubts about ‘Dumnonia’. I argue that there’s no evidence for it after the mid C6th and even before then a more appropriate term for the western kingdom might be Greater Cornubia. I mention rthe St Buryan charter in passing in the context of the lack of royall charters before Edgar’s time. I think the St Buryan charter was a recognition of earlier rights and I’d take the Athelstan visit with a pinch of salt but, as you say, it’s worth some further research.

  2. That’s a ridiculous price when the £ = $0.80. Why not contact Francis Boutle Publishers and ask them how much it would be to order direct from the UK? Cheapest postage costs from here are less than £5.

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