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Nerys Ann
Jones
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13 publications between 1991 and 2019 indexed
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Jones, Nerys Ann [ed.], Arthur in Welsh poetry, MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature 4, Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2019.  
abstract:
For over a thousand years, Arthur has had widespread appeal and influence like no other literary character or historical figure. Yet, despite the efforts of modern scholars, the earliest references to Arthurian characters are still shrouded in uncertainty. They are mostly found in poetic texts scattered throughout the four great compilations of early and medieval Welsh literature produced between 1250 and 1350. Whilst some are thought to predate their manuscript sources by several centuries, many of these poems are notoriously difficult to date. None of them are narrative in nature and very few focus solely on Arthurian material but they are characterised by an allusiveness which would have been appreciated by their intended audiences in the courts of princes and noblemen the length and breadth of Wales. They portray Arthur in a variety of roles: as a great leader of armies, a warrior with extraordinary powers, slayer of magical creatures, rescuer of prisoners from the Otherworld, a poet and the subject of prophecy. They also testify to the possibility of lost tales about him, his father, Uthr, his son, Llachau, his wife, Gwenhwyfar, and one of his companions, Cai, and associate him with a wide array of both legendary and historical figures. Arthur in Early Welsh Poetry, the fourth volume in the MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature series, provides discussion of each of the references to Arthurian characters in early Welsh poetic sources together with an image from the earliest manuscript, a transliteration, a comprehensive edition, a translation (where possible) and a word-list. The nine most significant texts are interpreted in more detail with commentary on metrical, linguistic and stylistic features.
abstract:
For over a thousand years, Arthur has had widespread appeal and influence like no other literary character or historical figure. Yet, despite the efforts of modern scholars, the earliest references to Arthurian characters are still shrouded in uncertainty. They are mostly found in poetic texts scattered throughout the four great compilations of early and medieval Welsh literature produced between 1250 and 1350. Whilst some are thought to predate their manuscript sources by several centuries, many of these poems are notoriously difficult to date. None of them are narrative in nature and very few focus solely on Arthurian material but they are characterised by an allusiveness which would have been appreciated by their intended audiences in the courts of princes and noblemen the length and breadth of Wales. They portray Arthur in a variety of roles: as a great leader of armies, a warrior with extraordinary powers, slayer of magical creatures, rescuer of prisoners from the Otherworld, a poet and the subject of prophecy. They also testify to the possibility of lost tales about him, his father, Uthr, his son, Llachau, his wife, Gwenhwyfar, and one of his companions, Cai, and associate him with a wide array of both legendary and historical figures. Arthur in Early Welsh Poetry, the fourth volume in the MHRA Library of Medieval Welsh Literature series, provides discussion of each of the references to Arthurian characters in early Welsh poetic sources together with an image from the earliest manuscript, a transliteration, a comprehensive edition, a translation (where possible) and a word-list. The nine most significant texts are interpreted in more detail with commentary on metrical, linguistic and stylistic features.
Jones, Nerys Ann, and Ann Parry Owen (eds.), Gwaith Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr, 2 vols, Cyfres beirdd y tywysogion 3–4, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991–1995.
Jones, Nerys Ann, and Erwain Haf Rheinallt (eds.), Gwaith Sefnyn, Rhisierdyn, Gruffudd Fychan ap Gruffud ab Ednyfed a Llywarch Bentwrch, Cyfres beirdd yr uchelwyr 2, Aberystwyth: Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, 1995.
Jones, Elin M., and Nerys Ann Jones (eds.), Gwaith Llywarch ap Llywelyn ‘Prydydd y moch’, Cyfres beirdd y tywysogion 5, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991.


Contributions to journals

Jones, Nerys Ann, “Marwysgafyn Veilyr Brydyt: deathbed poem?”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 47 (Summer, 2004): 17–40.
Jones, Nerys Ann, “Ffynonellau canu Beirdd y Tywysogion”, Studia Celtica 37 (2003): 81–126.
Jones, Nerys Ann, “The Mynydd Carn ‘prophecy’: a reassessment”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 38 (Winter, 1999): 73–92.
Jones, Nerys Ann, “An index to the discussions on place names by Henry Owen and E. J. Phillimore in The description of Pembrokeshire by George Owen of Henllys”, Studia Celtica 26–27 (1991–1992): 214–225.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Jones, Nerys Ann, “Hengerdd in the Age of the Poets of the Princes”, in: Woolf, Alex (ed.), Beyond the Gododdin: Dark Age Scotland in medieval Wales. The proceedings of a day conference held on 19 February 2005, St John's House Papers 13, St Andrews, 2013. 41–80.
Feer, Esther, and Nerys Ann Jones, “A poet and his patrons: the early career of Llywarch Brydydd y Moch”, in: Fulton, Helen [ed.], Medieval Celtic literature and society, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 132–162.
Jones, Nerys Ann, and Morfydd Owen, “Twelfth-century Welsh hagiography: the Gogynfeirdd poems to saints”, in: Cartwright, Jane [ed.], Celtic hagiography and saints’ cults, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003. 45–76.
Charles-Edwards, T. M., and Nerys Ann Jones, “Breintiau gwŷr Powys: The liberties of the men of Powys”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Morfydd E. Owen, and Paul Russell (eds.), The Welsh king and his court, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. 191–223.
Jones, Nerys Ann, “Historia Gruffudd vab Kenan: the first audience”, in: Maund, K. L. [ed.], Gruffudd ap Cynan: a collaborative biography, Studies in Celtic History 16, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1996. 149–156.