Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS 17110E

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Book of Llandaff (Liber Landavensis)
  • Latin
  • Welsh language
  • s. xii1
  • Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum

The Book of Llandaff is one of the oldest manuscripts of Wales. While its core is a gospelbook containing a copy of St Matthew’s Gospel, it is best known for its many substantial additions in the form of the Lives of St Elgar and St Samson, and various documents (such as charters) relating to the see of Llandaff and to bishops Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy.

Book of Llandaff (Liber Landavensis)
Provenance and related aspects
Latin Secondary: Welsh
s. xii1
sometime before 1134
Origin, provenance
Provenance: LlandaffLlandaff

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Later provenance: ass. with John SeldenSelden (John)
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John Selden (d. 1654).
Later provenance: ass. with Robert Davies [1658-1710]Davies (Robert) ... 1658-1710
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Robert Davies (d. 1710).
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
Foliation / Pagination
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.

[dig. img.] 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.
Digital reproduction direct link
[dipl. ed.] Evans, J. Gwenogvryn, and John Rhys, The text of the Book of Llan Dâv, Series of Old Welsh Texts 4, Oxford: Evans, 1893.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Diplomatic edition

Secondary sources (select)

Charles-Edwards, T. M., “7. Charters and laws”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Wales and the Britons, 350–1064, History of Wales, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 816 pp. 245–273.
esp. 245–256
Davies, John Reuben, The Book of Llandaf and the Norman church in Wales, Studies in Celtic History 21, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2003.
Davies, John Reuben, “Liber Landavensis: its date and the identity of its editor”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 35 (Summer, 1998): 1–12.
Coe, Jon, “Dating the boundary clauses in the Book of Llandaff”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 48 (Winter, 2004): 1–43.
Davies, Wendy, An early Welsh microcosm: studies in the Llandaff charters, Royal Historical Society Studies in History 9, London: Royal Historical Society, 1978.
Davies, Wendy, The Llandaff charters, Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, 1980.

External links

C. A.,Dennis Groenewegen