Historia Brittonum

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Historia Brittonum

    Historia Brittonum‘The history of the Britons’

    • Cambro-Latin
    • prose
    • Cambro-Latin texts
    Ascribed to
    NenniusNennius (fl. 9th century) – Welsh monk and student of Elvodugus (Elfoddw); best known from the prologue added to the Historia Brittonum, in which he is credited as the author of that work.
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    Manuscripts
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    Work in progress
    Harleian recension
    • London, British Library, MS Harleian 3859 [s. xiex/xiiin]
      ff. 174v–190r, 195r–198r
       
      On ff. 190r-195r, the Annales Cambriae (A-text) and the so-called Harleian genealogies are interpolated.
    • London, British Library, MS Cotton Vespasian D xxi
    • London, British Library, MS Cotton Vespasian B xxv
    Chartres recension
    Vatican recension
    • Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Reg. lat. 1164
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 11108
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 8048
    • London, British Library, MS Additional 11702
    Nennian recension
    includes
    • Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 139 [s. xii]
      • London, British Library, MS Royal 13 B vii
      • Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 101
      • Cambridge, University Library, MS Ff i.27
        ff. 7–20
    • London, British Library, MS Cotton Caligula A viii
    Gildasian recension
    • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 163
    Other
    • Leiden, University Library, MS BPL 20
    • Cambridge, University Library, MS Ff i.27
    Language
    • Cambro-Latin
    Date
    9th century (original date of composition)
    Form
    prose (primary)
    Textual relationships

    Classification

    Cambro-Latin texts
    • Sources

    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.] [tr.] Morris, John [ed. and tr.], Nennius. British history and the Welsh annals, History from the Sources: Arthurian Period Sources 8, London: Phillimore, 1980.
    [ed.] Dumville, David N. [ed.], The Historia Brittonum, vol. 3: The ‘Vatican’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1985.
    Dumville, David N., The Historia Brittonum, vol. 2: The ‘Chartres’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1988.

    Secondary sources

    Dumville, David N., “The historical value of the Historia Brittonum”, Arthurian Literature 6 (1986): 1–26.
    Dumville, David N., “On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum”, Welsh History Review 8:3 (June 1977, 1976–1977): 345–354.
    Dumville, David N., “II: On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum” [1977], in: Dumville, David N., Histories and pseudo-histories of the insular Middle Ages, Variorum Collected Studies Series 316, Aldershot: Variorum, 1990. 345–354.
    Reprint
    Dumville, David N., “St Patrick in the Historia Brittonum: three texts”, in: Dumville, David N., and Lesley Abrams (eds.), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, Studies in Celtic History 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 221–232.
    Dumville, David N., “Historia Brittonum: an insular history from the Carolingian age”, in: Scharer, Anton, and Georg Scheibelreiter (eds.), Historiographie im frühen Mittelalter, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 32, Vienna: Oldenbourg, 1994. 406–434.
    Toorians, Lauran, “Over Angelen en Britten. Moreel kwaad als ‘politieke erfzonde’”, in: Burg, Cors van der, and Lourens Minnema (eds.), In de ban van het kwaad. Het kwaad in religieuze verhalen wereldwijd, Zoetermeer, 2004. 258–269.
    Also offers several passages in (Dutch) translation.

    Guy, Ben, “The origins of the compilation of Welsh historical texts in Harley 3859”, Studia Celtica 49 (2015): 21–56.
    Charles-Edwards, T. M., “The Britons and the English, 550–1064: 14. Two ninth-century writers”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Wales and the Britons, 350–1064, History of Wales, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 437–466.
    437–452   [1] “The Historia Brittonum
    Toorians, Lauran, “Over Angelen en Britten. Moreel kwaad als ‘politieke erfzonde’”, in: Burg, Cors van der, and Lourens Minnema (eds.), In de ban van het kwaad. Het kwaad in religieuze verhalen wereldwijd, Zoetermeer, 2004. 258–269.
    Clancy, Thomas Owen, “Scotland, the ‘Nennian’ recension of Historia Brittonum, and the Lebor Bretnach”, in: Taylor, Simon (ed.), Kings, clerics and chronicles in Scotland, 500–1297: essays in honour of Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000. 87–107.
    Dumville, David N., “Historia Brittonum: an insular history from the Carolingian age”, in: Scharer, Anton, and Georg Scheibelreiter (eds.), Historiographie im frühen Mittelalter, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 32, Vienna: Oldenbourg, 1994. 406–434.
    Dumville, David N., “St Patrick in the Historia Brittonum: three texts”, in: Dumville, David N., and Lesley Abrams (eds.), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, Studies in Celtic History 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 221–232.
    Dumville, David N., “II: On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum” [1977], in: Dumville, David N., Histories and pseudo-histories of the insular Middle Ages, Variorum Collected Studies Series 316, Aldershot: Variorum, 1990. 345–354.
    Dumville, David N., The Historia Brittonum, vol. 2: The ‘Chartres’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1988.
    Dumville, David N., “The historical value of the Historia Brittonum”, Arthurian Literature 6 (1986): 1–26.
    Dumville, David N. [ed.], The Historia Brittonum, vol. 3: The ‘Vatican’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1985.
    Dumville, David N., “The sixteenth-century history of two Cambridge books from Sawley”, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 7:4 (1980): 427–444.
    Morris, John [ed. and tr.], Nennius. British history and the Welsh annals, History from the Sources: Arthurian Period Sources 8, London: Phillimore, 1980.
    “Historia Brittonum”
    Dumville, David N., “On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum”, Welsh History Review 8:3 (June 1977, 1976–1977): 345–354.
    Dumville, David N., “‘Nennius’ and the Historia Brittonum”, Studia Celtica 10–11 (1975–1976): 78–95.
    Dumville, David N., “The Liber Floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer and the Historia Brittonum”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 26 (1975, 1974–1976): 103–122.
    Dumville, David N., “Textual history of the Welsh-Latin Historia Brittonum”, Ph.D. thesis: Edinburgh University, 1975.
    Edinburgh Research Archive – PDF: <link>
    Dumville, David N., “A paraphrase of the Historia Brittonum: two fragments”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 25 (1972–1974): 101–105.
    Dumville, David N., “The Corpus Christi ‘Nennius’”, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 25 (1972–1974): 369–380.
    Lot, Ferdinand, Nennius et l’Historia Brittonum: étude critique suivie d’une édition des diverses versions de ce texte, Bibliothèque de l’École des Hautes Études. Sciences historiques et philologiques 263, Paris: Champion, 1934.
    Loth, J., “Remarques à l’Historia Britonum dite de Nennius”, Revue Celtique 51 (1934): 1–31.
    Loth, J., “Remarques á l’Historia Britonum dite de Nennius”, Revue Celtique 49 (1932): 150–165.
    Krappe, A. H., “The fighting snakes in the Historia Britonum of Nennius”, Revue Celtique 43 (1926): 124–131.
    Krappe, A. H., “Sur en épisode de l’Historia Britonum de Nennius”, Revue Celtique 41 (1924): 181–188.
    Manitius, Max, Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters, 3 vols, vol. 1: Von Justinian bis zur Mitte des zehnten Jahrhunderts, Munich: Beck, 1911.
    Digital.ub.uni-duesseldorf.de: <link>
    240   [40] “Historia Britonum mit Zusätzen des Nennius”
    Anscombe, A., “Local names in the ‘Arthuriana’ in the ‘Historia Brittonum’”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905): 103–123.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Mommsen, Theodor [ed.], Chronica minora saec. IV, V, VI, VII, vol. 3, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 13, Berlin: Weidmann, 1898.
    Digitale-sammlungen.de: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    111   “Historia Brittonum cum additamentis Nennii”
    Anscombe, A., “The identification of ‘Libine abas Iae’ in the Historia Brittonum”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 1 (1897): 274–276.
    Duchesne, L., “L’Historia Britonum”, Revue Celtique 17 (1896): 1–5.
    Gallica: <link>
    Zimmer, Heinrich, Nennius vindicatus. Über Entstehung, Geschichte und Quellen der Historia Brittonum, Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1893.
    Internet Archive: <link>
    Loth, J., “Mélanges: Sur une faute d’un copiste de l’Historia de Nennius”, Revue Celtique 10 (1889): 357–358.
    Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

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