Delw y Byd
A Medieval Welsh Encyclopedia

Edited by Natalia I. Petrovskaia

MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature

Modern Humanities Research Association

  31 December 2020

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This edition presents extracts from the medieval Welsh encyclopedia Delw y Byd. A medieval Welsh translation of the first book of the Latin encyclopedia known as Imago Mundi, written by Honorius Augustodunensis in the first quarter of the twelfth century, this text is a fine example of the ties between the intellectual world of Europe and Wales in the late-twelfth/early-thirteenth centuries, when the text was translated, ties that brought across the scientific knowledge based on Roman and late antique sources. Structured according to the four elements: earth, water, air and fire, the text presents geographical, anthropological, and astronomical information, often with historical and mythological contexts. The present edition follows that organizational principle, providing a glimpse into the medieval understanding of the overarching structure of the universe.

The text is presented in its historical and literary context, with an updated account of its transmission. A commentary on the scientific context of the most interesting passages is provided, as well as a linguistic one. The edition also provides an overview of the variants by printing parallel texts based on all surviving medieval manuscript witnesses for a number of selected chapters. This includes sections of two previously unpublished medieval witnesses of the text. The accompanying glossary includes vocabulary from all extracts included in the edition.

Contents:

viii-viii
Acknowledgements
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ix-x
Abbreviations
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1-42
Introduction
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43-45
Chapter List
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46-73
Text
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74-75
Appendix I: Introductory Letters
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76-114
Notes
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115-162
Glossary
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163-170
Indices
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171-184
Bibliography
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Bibliography entry:

Petrovskaia, Natalia I. (ed.), Delw y Byd: A Medieval Welsh Encyclopedia, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Delw y Byd: A Medieval Welsh Encyclopedia, ed. by Natalia I. Petrovskaia, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Petrovskaia, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Petrovskaia, Natalia I. (ed.). 2020. Delw y Byd: A Medieval Welsh Encyclopedia, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Petrovskaia 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Petrovskaia 2020: 21.

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