The Medieval Welsh Englynion y Beddau
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394 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 maps and 4 line illus.

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Series Vol. Number: 46

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Medieval Welsh Englynion y Beddau

The 'Stanzas of the Graves', or 'Graves of the Warriors of the Island of Britain', attributed to Taliesin

Edited and translated by Patrick Sims-Williams

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Edition and translation of this important genre of Old Welsh poetry.

The "Stanzas of the Graves" or "Graves of the Warriors of the Island of Britain", attributed to the legendary poet Taliesin, describe ancient heroes' burial places. Like the "Triads of the Island of Britain", they are an indispensable key to the narrative literature of medieval Wales. The heroes come from the whole of Britain, including Mercia and present-day Scotland, as well as many from Wales and a few from Ireland. Many characters known from the Mabinogion appear, often with additional information, as do some from romance and early Welsh saga, such as Arthur, Bedwyr, Gawain, Owain son of Urien, Merlin, and Vortigern. The seventh-century grave of Penda of Mercia, beneath the river Winwæd in Yorkshire, is the latest grave to be included. The poems testify to the interest aroused by megaliths, tumuli, and other apparently man-made monuments, some of which can be identified with known prehistoric remains.


This volume offers a full edition and translation of the poems, mapped with reference to all the manuscripts, starting with the Black Book of Carmarthen, the oldest extant book of Welsh poetry. There is also a detailed commentary on their linguistic, literary, historical, and archaeological aspects.
Part I Study
INTRODUCTION

1. SERIES I, SERIES III, AND THE SO-CALLED
'SERIES II' AND 'SERIES IV'

2. DATING ENGLYNION Y BEDDAU

3. THE GROWTH, RELATIONSHIP, AND TRANSMISSION OF
THE TEXTS

4. THE REDISCOVERY AND STUDY OF ENGLYNION Y BEDDAU

5. EDWARD LHWYD'S INDEX TO ENGLYNION Y BEDDAU

6. METRICS
Part II Editions, Translations, and Commentary
List of the Englynion

7. SERIES I

8. SERIES III

Patrick Sims-Williams is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy; he was formerly Reader in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge and Professor of Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University.

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Title Details

394 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 maps and 4 line illus.

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Series Vol. Number: 46

Imprint: D.S.Brewer