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“1535 Britain is divided in four parts; whereof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scots,
the third of Welshmen and the fourth of Cornish people, which all diff er among themselves,
either in tongue, either in manners, or else in laws and ordinances
Anglica Historia’ Polydore Vergil – Historian to Henry VIII”

By AnGof2012 Posted: February 09, 2013

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  • Big_Ger  |  February 09 2013, 11:52AM

    1535 Polydore Vergil's Anglica Historia describes Britain as being made up of "Scots, Welsh, English and Cornish people" Vergil drew on an impressively wide range of sources for his work, including published books and oral testimony. He claimed to have been diligent in collecting materials, and to have drawn on the work of foreign as well as English historians. For this reason, he remarked, the English, Scots and French would find things reported in his pages far differently from the way they were used to hearing them within their own countries. The whole Countrie of Britaine...is divided into iiij partes ; wherof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scottes, the third of Wallshemen, and the fowerth of Cornishe people. Which all differ emonge them selves, either in tongue, either in manners, or ells in lawes and ordinaunces." So Virgil recognised that Cornwall, at that time, had a variegation of the Welsh language, until it died out. Has anyone ever doubted that we had?


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