Brittany ! A name inscribed in history at the very West of Europe. The latin authors named the peninsula "Aremoricae" which means "in front of the sea". When the Bretons, coming from Britain, settled here fifteen centuries ago they brought their language, culture and political organisation; and the country was named after them.
Among the people who lived here were kings, druids and saints. On this Land's End, which draws Europe towards the open sea, also rose silent conspirators, wild rebels, enchanting poets and musicians, entrepreneurs. This small book is a book of history. It puts historical documentation in perspective with geography, culture, and an international environment.
The History of Brittany on Amazon
We chatted with Jean Pierre Le Mat, the author of the book who has just added it in digital form online.
"My goal is to allow English speakers, Bretons from the diaspora, Celts, or simply lovers of Brittany, to know our history, regardless of their place of residence in the vast world" he said.
This ebook has a interesting history. Over twenty years ago, he wrote a "History of Brittany" in English for a Belfast’s publisher. The book was entitled "The sons of the Ermine". The Irish publisher warned that the book must be readable for people who do not know the history of France. So Jean-Pierre had to find original correspondences to Breton events. At the beginning of each chapter he recalled the high-points of history in Western Europe and on the other continents. Duchess Anne was living at the time of Christopher Columbus, Caesar Borgia, the Turkish expansion in Central Europe.
My book was subsequently translated into French for a Breton publisher. The book was also reworked and published under the title “Histoire de Bretagne, le point de vue breton”. The aim of the Irish edition, written in English, was to make Breton history understandable outside the French culture. The Breton edition, translated into French, then back into English, added a disturbing truth: a historian is always from somewhere. His origin, his education, his hierarchical position ascribes him a point of view, partly conscious, partly unconscious, whatever evidence and prestigious archives he uses. A history of France written by using English archives, will be different from our usual “Histoire de France”
His “History of Brittany” is the result of a double translation, first from English to French, then from French to English. His aim, with this easy to read book is to give a larger voice to Breton achievements within human history.
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