Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Peniarth MS 1

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Black Book of Carmarthen (Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin)
  • c. 1250
  • Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum
Collection: Peniarth
Black Book of Carmarthen (Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin)
early Welsh poetry, including religious poems, praise poems and elegies
Provenance and related aspects
c. 1250
c. 1250
Origin, provenance
Carmarthen Priory?
Hands, scribes
one scribe
Codicological information
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

National Library of Wales, National Library of Wales: Digital gallery, Online: NLW. URL: <>. 
Previously Digital Mirror / Drych Digidol, the digital library of the National Library of Wales gives access to digitised manuscripts, printed works, archival materials and other media.
The black book of Carmarthen: digital version (issued in 2002) direct link
Evans, J. Gwenogvryn [ed.], Facsimile of the Black Book of Carmarthen, Series of Welsh Texts 2, Oxford, 1888. – Bodleian (Taylor Institution Library): <link>
Jarman, A. O. H. [ed.], Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin, Cardiff: National University of Wales, 1982.
Evans, J. Gwenogvryn [ed.], The Black Book of Carmarthen, Series of Old Welsh Texts 5, Pwllheli, 1906.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Huws, Daniel, Medieval Welsh manuscripts, Cardiff and Aberystwyth: University of Wales Press, 2000.
Jarman, A. O. H., “Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin: The Black Book of Carmarthen [Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture]”, Proceedings of the British Academy 71 (1985): 333–356.  
comments: Series: Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lectures
British Academy: <link>
Evans, J. Gwenogvryn, Report on manuscripts in the Welsh language, vol. 1:2: Peniarth, Historical Manuscripts Commission, London, 1899.
Internet Archive: <link>
297–299 direct link

External links

C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen