I commend to Oxford residents a small but exquisite exhibition in Bodley about the work of Henry VIII's antiquary John Leland, whose notebooks are deposited there.
In the 1530s, as Henry Tudor attempted to gather evidence in his campaign for the annulment of his marriage - and later, his contest with the Pope - a tame intellectual called Leland was sent round the monastic libraries of England to pick up, in the years before the imminent dissolution, texts which might help the royal cause. He also did what he could to secure, for the royal collections, some of the choicest books harboured by the religious orders. He was not very successful in the former enterprise; when he got to the Oxford Greyfriars, where he confidently expected to secure a great haul of the works of Grosseteste, he found ... zilch ... I wonder why ... But in the latter business, he did rather better; you can see in Bodley a preconquest book put together by S Dunstan, looted from Glastonbury, with a picture of a prostrate monk which might conceivably have been drawn by the Saint himself.
I hope you made your way through my recent post on the Middle Cornish plays written at Glasney College in Cornwall, and the iniquities of Bad King Tudor. Leland ... drole, yes? ... found it prudent to 'discover' in Cornwall evidence that Tudor was not so bad, after all; surprise surprise, he was a good religious king and a benefactor of the Church! 1984 and all that!
Incidentally, although nowadays the so-called 'Celtic' nations go for a warm pan-Celtic solidarity, there is little evidence for this in the Middle Cornish texts. The sorceress Owbra, while collecting substances whereby to get the amorous Tudor stuck in her bath (memories of Anne Bullen 'bewitching' Henry VIII?), includes the 'noises' ('trosow': 'farts'?) which the Devil 'throws' over Wales.