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 This includes sections of two previously unpublished medieval witnesses of the text.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.

Reviews:

  • ‘Dr Petrovskaia’s new discussion and partial edition is to be warmly welcomed. She provides illuminating contextual discussion of the text’s source … with admirably detailed footnotes providing guidance for further reading.’ — David Callander, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 83, 2022, 99–101
  • ‘Petrovskaia’s edition of Delw y Byd is a very welcome addition to the still limited group of edited texts available for teaching Middle Welsh. It provides a refreshing insight into the variety of literature that was consumed by readers in the Middle Ages. At the same time, it materially advances understanding of an understudied text in an accessible manner. In this sense, the book will be just as important for experienced researchers as for student learners. It is only to be hoped that more volumes of this kind will follow in its footsteps.’ — Ben Guy, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 69, 2022, 292-95 (full text online)
  • ‘These volumes serve an important function in terms of bringing less familiar texts into a wider sphere of scholarly interest. While students of Middle Welsh will be able to work through the texts, producing their own translations with the help of notes and glossaries, scholars seeking access to these particular texts, along with a comparative perspective on medieval translation, Latinity, geography, and hagiography, will find these editions extremely valuable.’ — Helen Fulton, Modern Language Review 118.4, October 2023, 604-06 (full text online)

Contents:

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Acknowledgements
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ix-x
Abbreviations
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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 (MHRA, 2020)

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