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Recommended reading

Post by Mark » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:35 pm

What are the quintessential books on the Cornish and Cornish history, heritage and culture?

Having a number of books on the above, I'm interested to know what others recommend!
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Marhak » Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:17 am

"Cornwall and its People" - A.K. Hamilton Jenkin 1945, reprints to 1983 - ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL (and high time it was re-published).
"Cornwall": Philip Payton - a good history, and by a Cornishman.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Ellery » Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:25 am

Mark Stoyle's "West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State" and "Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War"

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by GanO » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:07 am

The Cornish Language and it Literature. Peter Berresford Ellis.

From the earliest records up till the 1970s or thereabouts; has many specimen quotes in Cornish with English translations. Excellent.Out of print but still available 2nd hand (although often expensive these days).

He wrote a thinner, updated book on the same subject which would probably be cheaper - can't remember the exact title.
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Marhak » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:59 am

I got my copy of Berresford Ellis's book for £5 in the little treasure house of a 2nd hand bookshop I found a couple of years ago (nope - not saying where. It's MY secret, I tell you, MINE!).

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Mark » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:01 pm

Brilliant guys! Anyone else?
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Marhak » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:20 pm

Harking back to the A.K. Hamilton Jenkin book - this describes the traditional culture of the Cornish people far better than anything else ever published. It is quite simply superb.

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Mark » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:21 am

Re: AKHJ. I have his 'Cornish Miner' book but not this one.
It's due through my letter box any day! :D
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Anselm » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:55 pm

AK says somewhere 'It was a poor kind of hospitality in 18th-century Cornwall that permitted a guest to rise from the table sober - or, indeed, at all'. Or something like that.
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Mark » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:49 am

Bump
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Fulub-le-Breton » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:32 pm

You could try here for my list of books: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/cor ... ourlibrary

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Mark » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:26 pm

Gras dhys Fulub!
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Marhak » Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:15 am

Two of mine are in there, Fulub! What a kind man you are!

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Re: Recommended reading

Post by Anselm » Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:51 pm

There are several useful items on this site:

http://www.francisboutle.co.uk/index.php?cPath=3
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Re: Recommended reading

Post by GanO » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:40 am

If you want an overview of Cornish literature, this one's comprehensive and very affordable at about £10+£2.75 p/p from Amazon, or direct from The Book Depository:

Looking at the Mermaid — A Reader in Cornish Literature 900–1900
ed. Alan M. Kent & Tim Saunders (Francis Boutle, 2000. ISBN 1-903427-01-0) 366pp, p/b. RRP £15.

It has texts in Kernewek (original spellings retained) with parallel English translation, as well as ones in Cornish Dialect and English. The editors have provided a good, if concise, range of supplementary information for the reader: the source details for each passage, a brief Glossary, and suggestions for further reading. With the parallel text in the Kernewek section, there's not even much need for a dictionary.

Altogether, this is an essential item on the bookshelf, and perfectly complements the more discursive treatment given the subject by Peter Berresford Ellis, in the books mentioned above. I just wish I'd known about this gem years ago!
Gwask an Orlewen
Dyller yn Kernewek Gwyr
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"An Gwyr a'gas delyrf." Jow.8:32
"Dyllen dampnys kyn fen!"

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