2. Branwen, Daughter of Llyr
This branch is quite unlike the others, being gloomy in tone and international in scope. It details a genocidal war between Britain and Ireland, turning on the person of a British princess, Branwen daughter of Llyr, sister of the giant-king Bendigeidfran. There has already been a talk on Branwen in a previous series of lectures, but the tale is very rich and this lecture traverses the same territory in a different way, focusing on the themes of concealment, national identity, and violence.
Dr Mark Williams is Fellow and Tutor in English at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He is a specialist in the medieval languages and literatures of Wales and Ireland, and the author of Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth (Princeton, 2016), and The Celtic Myths that Shaped the Way We Think (Thames & Hudson, 2021). He is in training as a Jungian psychoanalyst
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