Oxford, Jesus College, MS 111 = Red Book of Hergest (Llyfr Coch Hergest)
- s. xiv-xv
Fulton, Helen, “The Red Book and the White: gentry libraries in medieval Wales”, in: Byrne, Aisling, and Victoria Flood (eds), Crossing borders in the Insular Middle Ages, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 30, Turnhout: Brepols, 2019. 23–45.
Fulton, Helen, “The geography of Welsh literary production in late medieval Glamorgan”, Journal of Medieval History 41:3 (2015): 325–340.
The urban culture of medieval Swansea, which provided the political context for William Cragh and his rebellion, represents only one aspect of the Marcher lordship of Glamorgan. Within the same lordship, Welsh gentry families engaged with national politics through a literary culture shared with their English neighbours. This paper looks at some of the most significant manuscripts associated with south Wales in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, including the ‘Red Book of Hergest’ and National Library of Wales MS Peniarth 50. This latter manuscript is particularly noteworthy for its multilingual contents and for its large collection of political prophecy in Welsh, English and Latin, testifying to Welsh involvement in English politics. The paper argues that Welsh literary culture was a strong element in Glamorgan Marcher society and that an elite group of Welsh gentry were at the heart of a mobile network of scribes, poets and manuscripts.
McKenna, Catherine, “‘What dreams may come must give us pause’: Breudwyt Ronabwy and the Red Book of Hergest”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 58 (Winter, 2009): 69–99.
Thomas, Peter Wynn [ed.], D. Mark Smith, and Diana Luft [transcribers and encoders] (et al.), Welsh prose (Rhyddiaith Gymraeg) 1350–1425, Online: Cardiff University. URL: <http://www.rhyddiaithganoloesol.caerdydd.ac.uk>.
“Oxford Jesus College MS. 111 (The Red Book of Hergest)”
Jenkins, Manon Bonner, “Aspects of the Welsh prophetic verse tradition in the Middle Ages: incorporating textual studies of poetry from ‘Llyfr Coch Hergest’ (Oxford, Jesus College, MS cxi) and ‘Y Cwta Cyfarwydd’ (Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 50)”, unpublished Ph.D. thesis: University of Cambridge, 1990.
Much of the corpus of medieval Welsh prophetic poetry, comprising as it does diverse and complicated strands of political, mystical, religious, and legendary material, has not previously been systematically studied, or even printed. The introductory chapter of this thesis makes a preliminary exploration of the historical context of the prophecies, the nature of their propagators and audiences, and also the influences prevalent on the authors, be these intellectual and literary influences, or sub-conscious and psychological influences which fall into the realm of anthropology. There follow editions of the Welsh prophetic poetry found in Oxford, Jesus College, MS cxi, and Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 50. These two manuscripts, dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries respectively, provide a significant cross-section of the medieval Welsh prophetic poetry extant. Detailed textual analyses of the poems with text, translation, and notes, examine language and metre, investigate references to persons and places, and seek to identify conventional prophetic elements. From a historical point of view, the prophetic texts are compared with contemporary chronicles, as reflections of contemporary historical thinking. Some attention is also paid to the material's wider manuscript context, and its transmission. This sheds light on the prevailing cultural and intellectual climate as well as providing invaluable help in the interpretation of individual prophecies.
(source: BL Ethos)
Charles-Edwards, Gifford, “The scribes of the Red Book of Hergest”, National Library of Wales Journal 21:3 (Haf, 1980): 246–256.
Welsh Journals Online:
Jones, G. Peredur, “Some Scandinavian elements in the Red Book of Hergest triads”, Revue Celtique 43 (1926): 174–177.
Journal volume: Gallica:
Results for Llyfr (12)
- c. 1250
- s. xiv1
- Anonymous [hand in Harl. 4353, Cot. Cleo. A xiv and Book of Taliesin]
- s. xivmed
Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Peniarth MSS 4-5
- c. 1350