Themes of national defence and cultural integrity align Boudicca's campaign against the Romans with Elizabeth's resistance against the Spanish at Tilbury, for example, and the Tudors' own preference was to trace their historical lineage to Brute and Trojan origins, highlighting a Brittonic heritage (MacDougall 7).
Beginning in earnest in the decades following the Spanish Armada, Boudicca's military campaign against the Romans in 60/1 CE was often feted as confirmation of a proud Brittonic heritage and of resistance to foreign incursion, as in Heywood's description of
The purpose of The Celtic inscriptions of Britain is to bring the historical phonology of Brittonic (embracing Welsh, Cornish and Breton) and of Irish to bear on dating the early Christian inscriptions of Britain south of the Forth-Clyde line, and also those of Brittany.
For some names, it is difficult if not impossible to decide whether they are Brittonic or Irish--or, indeed, Irish affected by the spelling conventions of British Latin.
At times, clearly drawn geographic lines blur in a manner that underscores the fundamental unity of Brittonic
The languages spoken in sub-Roman Britain were British Latin in the British Lowlands, Brittonic
in the Uplands, Wales and Cornwall, and Pictish north of the Clyde--Firth of Forth line.
Although they have been described as the stories of the old Brittonic
gods from whom the leading Welsh dynasties claimed descent, Tolstoy, a distant cousin of the famous author Leo Tolstoy, writes how contradictory passages reflect details of historical events in Britain and Ireland during the first two decades of the 11th century.
In this paper I will use the term Goidelic for the Irish/Scottish Gaelic branch of Celtic (Q-Celtic), and Brittonic
for the British group including Welsh, Pictish and Cumbric (P-Celtic).
The relevance of the rivers Don is that as Forster himself later points out (1924: 19-20), the name would have been borrowed from Brittonic
The point has been made that the Brittonic
and Gael people, the Celts of the British Isles, had lost, or discarded, the name Celt by the early Medieval period, and its current use is a reinvention.
Prof Henry Lewis has recently pointed out that the Welsh or Brittonic
form of Illtud's name is undoubtedly 'Elltud' and the corresponding Irish form would be 'Iltuath'.
CORNISH Cornish is an Indo-European language, belonging to the same Brittonic
branch of the Celtic languages as Welsh and Breton.