The Life and Work of William Salesbury
James Pierce Other books by James Pierce
William Salesbury was Deputy Attorney General for Wales from 1532. His abiding passion was language and he succeeded in steering the first Welsh dictionary and the first translation of the New Testament into Welsh through the political perils of the reigns of four Tudor monarchs.
He introduced his country to the printed word, to Renaissance and Humanist learning, and his lifetime's work was arguably responsible for saving the Welsh language from extinction.
Salesbury was a determined and politically astute man, yet his posthumous reputation has been blighted by academic controversy.
This book seeks to illustrate his major contribution to language and linguistics and to re-instate him as one of Wales' most influential scholars.