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Insular BooksVernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain$
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Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265833

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265833.001.0001

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Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12

Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12

The Development of a Bilingual Miscellany—Welsh and English

(p.247) 14 Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12
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William Marx

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Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12 is a predominantly Welsh-language miscellany that also contains texts in Middle English and Latin. On folio 79v is the inscription ‘Llyfr Hugh Evans yw hwn Anno 1583’, that is ‘This is Hugh Evans’s book, in the year 1583’. As a miscellany the manuscript is of interest as much for what it suggests about the process of compilation as for its contents, for while it is in one sense of the late 16th century, a number of significant parts are gatherings from medieval manuscripts, both Welsh and English. The evidence of the process of compilation that the manuscript yields has much to suggest about the interplay between Welsh-language and English-language culture over a broad historical perspective, and this raises questions about the linguistic and cultural history of medieval and early modern Wales.

Keywords:   catechetical literature, vernacular theology, medieval Welsh language and literature, 16th-century Welsh language and literature, medieval Latin Elucidarium, Middle English Elucidarium, medieval Welsh Ystoria Lucidar, Aberystwyth, NLW, MS Peniarth 12, Llyfr Coch Talgarth (Red Book of Talgarth), Aberystwyth, NLW, MS Llanstephan 27, Llyfr Gwyn Rhuydderch (The White Book of Rhydderch), Aberystwyth, NLW, MSS Peniarth 4–5

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