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Bewnans Ke‘The life of Ke’verse beg. Gorthyans thum arluth anef
- Middle Cornish
- Cornish texts, Middle Cornish drama
Bewnans Ke is the most recently discovered text of the Middle Cornish corpus. The play consists of two parts which are divided by five missing folios. The first part relates the tale of St Kea and the heathen king Teudar trying to convert each other respectively to Christianity and paganism. Before the story can be concluded, the text breaks off and we find ourselves in a play about King Arhtur's concflict with the emperor of Rome, Lucius Hiberius, and Mordred's adultery with Guinevere.
Initial words (verse)
- Gorthyans thum arluth anef
“Worship to my Lord of heaven”
- Middle Cornish
- Secondary language(s): Latin
- Latin is used for stage instructions. Middle English is often used for cursing. Middle French also occurs a few times.
Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in the entry for the relevant manuscript.
|[ed.] George, Ken [ed.], Bywnans Ke, Callington: Kesva an Taves Kernewek, 2006. |
|[ed.] [tr.] Thomas, Graham, and Nicholas Williams (eds.), Bewnans Ke: the Life of St Kea. A critical edition with translation, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, Exeter: University of Exeter Press; National Library of Wales, 2007. |
|Thomas, Graham, and Nicholas Williams (eds.), Bewnans Ke: the Life of St Kea. A critical edition with translation, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, Exeter: University of Exeter Press; National Library of Wales, 2007. |
|George, Ken [ed.], Bywnans Ke, Callington: Kesva an Taves Kernewek, 2006. |
web page identifiers
page name: Bewnans Ke
page url: https://www.vanhamel.nl/codecs/Bewnans_Ke
page ID: 17230
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ContributorsLinus Band-Dijkstra, Dennis Groenewegen