Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Peniarth MS 259B

  • s. xvi
  • Welsh manuscripts
= It carries the siglum 'Ponf' in William Maurice's Deddfgrawn.(1)n. 1 Morfydd E. Owen, ‘The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 427.
Welsh lawbook, siglum Z of the Cyfnerth redaction (ff. 1r–181r); ...(2)n. 2 Owen, supra.
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvi
16th century
Hands, scribes
The text of the Welsh lawbook was copied from an earlier exemplar by Richard Langford (d. 1586)(3)n. 3 Owen, supra.
include an earlier Welsh lawbook now lost. It is referred to by a note in the manuscript which translates as “[...] this book Einion ab Adda acquired when he was in prison in Pontefract from the prior of the monastery who came from Deheubarth [...]”.(4)n. 4 Owen, supra.
Codicological information

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Morfydd E. Owen, ‘The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 427.
Owen, supra.
Owen, supra.
Owen, supra.

Secondary sources (select)

Roberts, Sara Elin, Llawysgrif Pomffred: an edition and study of Peniarth MS 259B, Medieval Law and Its Practice 10, Leiden: Brill, 2011. 
Llawysgrif Pomffred presents for the first time an edition of an overlooked Welsh law manuscript, Peniarth 259B. This is an important and groundbreaking edition which will contribute to our understanding of the relationship and development of the Welsh law texts. The manuscript contains a law text of the Cyfnerth redaction, seen to be the earliest of the Welsh law redactions, and it also has a lengthy tail of additional material which is largely practical in nature, and seems to reflect the legal situation in the March of Wales, with English and Welsh legal customs being mixed. The manuscript may have been given to a certain Einion ab Adda whilst he was in prison in Pontefract.
(source: publisher)
Owen, Morfydd E., “The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Morfydd E. Owen, and Paul Russell (eds.), The Welsh king and his court, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. 425–477.
Dennis Groenewegen
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