In addition to the biannual Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies journal, CMCS also publishes a range of books on Celtic topics. Here you will find details of some publications past and present.
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Liber Coronacionis Britanorum ('The Book of the Crowning of the Britons') is an unpublished Middle Welsh adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, focusing on the succession of British kings and queens from Brutus down to Vortigern, Arthur, and Cadwaladr. Patrick Sims-Williams edits it from a manuscript of c. 1500, in which the narrative — for the first time in Wales — is illustrated. All 59 colour illustrations are included at the appropriate place in the narrative, and missing parts of the text are restored from nine fragmentary copies, one of them written by a supporter of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (d. 1282). This edition enables modern readers for the first time to enjoy this once popular work and its unique illustrations.
“The text might well be regarded as the Cinderella of the Brutiau, being perhaps the longest Middle Welsh text that has remained unpublished.” — Medium Aevum
“It is one of only two Welsh manuscripts to contain a planned series of miniatures to illustrate the text and the only one of the two containing a vernacular text... This groundbreaking publication firmly establishes the Liber Coronacionis Britanorum as a distinct version of Brut y Brenhinedd, as well as making accessible an important but too-often neglected manuscript” — Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie
Liber Coronacionis Britanorum ('The Book of the Crowning of the Britons') is a Middle Welsh adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain. In this companion to his edition Patrick Sims-Williams investigates its relationship to Geoffrey's Latin original and the other medieval Welsh translations, providing a full explanatory commentary and a study of its language. The cover picture (from National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 23, fol. 61r) shows the boy Myrddin (Merlin) advising King Gwrtheyrn (Vortigern) about the buried dragons.
“L'ouvrage constitue une étude précieuse sur le plus long texte en prose du moyen-gallois” — Études celtiques
“Volume II provides an excellent introduction in English, including the text's relationship with Geoffrey's Latin original, a description of the manuscript evidence, and an exhaustive textual commentary.” — Medium Aevum
In Welsh Genealogies A.D. 1500-1600 (WG 3) Dr Michael Siddons extends the pedigrees of Dr Peter Bartrum's celebrated Welsh Genealogies 300-1400 (WG 1) and Welsh Genealogies 1400-1500 (WG 2) down to c. 1600 — many persons born in the early 1600s are included — and adds about two hundred new family lines. WG 2 took up 18 large printed volumes, and WG 3 would be even longer, if issued entirely in printed form. WG 3 is therefore divided between a printed volume and a disk at the back of the book, the two being designed to be used together.
“Welsh Genealogies A.D. 1500-1600 continues the high standards set by Peter Bartrum and will undoubtedly be warmly welcomed by a wide range of scholars” — Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie
The Book of Taliesin is the most enigmatic and mysterious of the 'Four Ancient Books of Wales'. This volume at last offers the first authoritative introduction to the early Welsh poems associated with Taliesin, the legendary shape-changing bard.
Second, fully revised edition. Published 2015
“Written in an accessible and engaging style, free of both jargon and obscurity, it is comprehensive and will be on every medieval Welsh scholar's shelf - probably forever” — Folklore
In this sequel to her 'Legendary Poems from the Book of Taliesin' Professor Haycock edits, translates and interprets ten allusive poems that survey the past successes and failures of the Welsh people and foretell their final victory.
“A wonderful introduction for medievalists with different interests and from different disciplines” — Medium Aevum
The interests of Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947) branched out from Classical and Indo-European philology into pioneering interdisciplinary studies on archaeology, anthropology, numismatics, onomastics, history and comparative literature. His north-west European research extended from Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England into Celtic Britain and Ireland, and ultimately encompassed world literature in The Growth of Literature (1932-40), written jointly with Nora Kershaw Chadwick, a work which inspired writers as diverse as Maurice Bowra, Gerard Murphy and Máirtín Ó Cadhain. H. M. Chadwick and the Study of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in Cambridge is a comprehensive study of Chadwick's work and an assessment of its lasting value, with specialist contributions by Michael Lapidge, Richard Dance, Margaret Clunies Ross, Simon Keynes, Rory Naismith, Oliver Padel, Patrick Sims-Williams, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh & Fiona Edmonds. Through fifty years of teaching in Cambridge, from 1895 to 1945, Chadwick inspired many generations of students, including E. C. Quiggin, Bertha Phillpotts, Bruce Dickins, J. M. de Navarro, Cyril Fox, Dorothy Whitelock, Hugh Hencken, Kenneth Jackson, Peter Hunter Blair, Glyn Daniel, Terence Powell, Rachel Bromwich and Mary Boyce. Many of them looked back on the years they spent with him “as the most valuable and formative years of their life” (Q. D. Leavis). Some of their reminiscences are included here, while Isabel Henderson describes her relations with Nora Chadwick between 1955 and 1967 and Michael Lapidge, in a 100-page contribution, takes the history of the ASNaC Department down to 1999, including photographs of the most significant figures.
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“This is an informative collection of papers which reflects both the interdisciplinary nature of Chadwick's own work, and more generally that undertaken at the department at Cambridge in which he was so influential” — English Historical Review
Dates have been proposed for many medieval Welsh texts, from the 'Gododdin' to the 'Mabinogion', but few have gained general acceptance. Simon Rodway reconsiders the methodological problems, and discusses the role of linguistic evidence, in particular the evolution of the verbal system. He analyses a comprehensive collection of verbal forms from Middle Welsh poems by poets securely dated to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and compares a complete collection of forms from the earliest surviving medieval Welsh prose manuscripts. On this basis he proposes approximate dates for a number of developments in Middle Welsh, providing a secure framework for the dating of anonymous texts. His study is an invaluable resource for medieval Welsh literary studies and will be an essential work of reference in Celtic historical linguistics. It will also appeal to scholars grappling with comparable problems in other medieval literatures, including the differences between the language of poetry and the language of prose.
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“His competent and sensible treatment will become required reading, and further profits from instructive sidelights on related problems of the dating of medieval Irish texts, which evince Rodway's impressive command of Irish philology and literary studies” — Journal of Celtic Linguistics
This volume introduces a wide range of readers to an historically and sociologically interesting selection of 814 Latin inscriptions, from most parts of Europe, edited and translated in full for the first time. The inscriptions, mostly of the first to third centuries A.D., shed a varied light on the everyday life of the 'ancient Celts' as they came under Roman rule. They come from sites ranging from Portugal to Bulgaria and from Scotland to northern Italy.
“The authors have provided scholars of the ethnic makeup of the Roman Empire an admirable and much-needed tool for exploring the distribution of Celtic names throughout the Roman Europe” — Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
“… eine ausgezeichnete Quellengrundlage, die einer Vielzahl disziplinenübergreifender Forschungen dienlich sein wird” — Keltische Forschungen.
In this second volume Raybould & Sims- Williams complete their Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire containing Celtic Personal Names with a final collection of texts and translations. They also list and analyse the Celtic names found in both volumes and map their geographical spread, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.
The illustration on the front cover shows part of a second-century tombstone in the museum at Mannersdorf am Leithagebirge, Austria (no. PAN 113 in this Supplement). Nertomarus and his wife Toutomara erected it to commemorate themselves. His name Nertomarus is from Celtic nerto- 'strength' and maros 'great' (compare medieval Irish nertmar and Welsh nerthfawr 'strong'), while Touto- mara combines touto- 'people, land' (Irish tuath, Welsh tud) with the feminine mara 'great'.
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Proceedings of the XIIth International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (=CMCS vols.53/54).
Codex Cantabrigiensis — A Ninth-century Manuscript Glossed in Welsh, Irish and Latin. Facsimile edition.
An electronic database with etymological analysis of the Celtic name-elements, covering the ancient territories of Hibernia, Britannia, Hispania, Gallia, Germania, Raetia, Vindelicia, Noricum, Pannonia, Illyricum, Massiliotes, Liguria, Tusci, Gallia Cisalpina, Venetia, Istria, Sarmatia Europaea, Iazyges, Dacia, Moesia, Thracia, Chersonese, Pontus et Bithynia, Galatia [including Place-Names in the Antonine Itinerary as an appendix]. Windows- and Macintosh-compatible CD-ROM.
“Un travail très utile et intéressant” — Nouvelle Revue d'Onomastique.