not a single Breton peasant had ever heard of bards and Druids



THE SENSE OF IDENTITY attached to these little pays was more potent than any later sense of being French. The paysans had no flags or written histories, but they expressed their local patriotism in much the same way as nations: by denigrating their neighbours and celebrating their own nobility. 

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 After a four-year expedition to Brittany, a folklorist returned to Paris in 1881 to report – no doubt to the disappointment of Romantic lovers of the misty Armorican peninsula – that not a single Breton peasant had ever heard of bards and Druids.”

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