minstrel: Definition of Bardic

Heather Rose Jones hrjones at uclink.berkeley.edu
Wed Apr 23 11:05:50 PDT 1997


On Wed, 23 Apr 1997 mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU wrote:

> Even in period, _bard_ was applied only to a certain type of performer in
> the Gaelic speaking areas.  Others were _druth_, _filidh_, another word I

Correction: "bard" (in a variety of surface forms) was used generally in
the various _Celtic_ cultures, not only the Gaelic-speaking ones. The
earliest form of the word recorded is in reference to Continental Celtic
cultures (loosely "Gauls" although this is not necessarily precisely
accurate). It's most likely that the word passed into English from Welsh,
in fact, not from Gaelic.

Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn


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