Historical Texts from Medieval Wales

Edited by Patricia Williams

MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature

Modern Humanities Research Association

29 October 2012

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Historical Texts from Medieval Wales is the fourth volume in The Library of Medieval Welsh Literature series. It introduces readers to the genre of medieval Welsh historical texts on the basis of a broad selection of annotated passages, which range from an account of the legendary origin of Britain to the fall of the last native prince. Each passage is preceded by an introductory paragraph indicating the source and relating it to its wider historical and literary context.

The selections are accompanied by a substantial introduction, extensive linguistic notes, and a full glossary. The introduction discusses general features of medieval historiography, as well as the manuscripts and edited works from which the excerpts have been taken. The second part of the introduction contains a detailed description of the language (orthography, morphology, and syntax) employed in the selected passages.

The volume aims to make Middle Welsh historical texts accessible to third-level students whose first language is not Welsh, but can also be used and enjoyed by native speakers of Welsh, students and interested readers seeking an overall view of historical texts from medieval Wales.

Patricia Williams is a retired lecturer in Welsh language and literature at the University of Liverpool.

Reviews:

  • ‘A very useful volume both in itself and in broadening the range of the series.’ — Paul Russell, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 66, 2013, 94-95
  • ‘Williams has given us an excellent resource for the study of medieval Welsh history and of Middle Welsh as a language of record, and her book deserves to be taken seriously by specialists and non-specialists alike.’ — Helen Fulton, Modern Language Review 110, 2015, 234-35 (full text online)

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Preface
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ix-x
Maps
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xi-xlvi
Introduction
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1-36
Birth of Britain
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37-80
NOTES
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81-140
Glossary
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141-154
Index of Personal Names
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155-158
INDEX OF PLACE NAMES
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159-160
Abbreviations
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161-168
Bibliography
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Bibliography entry:

Williams, Patricia (ed.), Historical Texts from Medieval Wales, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA, 2012)

First footnote reference: 35 Historical Texts from Medieval Wales, ed. by Patricia Williams, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA, 2012), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Williams, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Williams, Patricia (ed.). 2012. Historical Texts from Medieval Wales, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Williams 2012: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Williams 2012: 21.

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