- Middle Welsh, Early Modern Welsh
Late vernacular Welsh Life of St Collen, which is attested in manuscripts from the 16th century onwards.
- Cardiff, Central Library, MS 2.629 pp. 141–150
- Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Llanstephan MS 117 [1544-1552]ff. 92r–94r
- Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Llanstephan MS 34 [s. xviex]pp. 315–320
- London, British Library, MS Additional 14987 [s. xvii]ff. 17v–20r
- Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Llanstephan MS 18 [1705 x 1742]pp. 25–31
- London, British Library, MS Additional 15003 [s. xviii]
- Middle Welsh Early Modern Welsh
Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.
Secondary sources (select)
This study examines dreams found in medieval Welsh literature from c. 1100 to c. 1550. The scope of the research covers secular and religious prose and poetry of the period. The purpose of this study is to provide an insight into dream literature in medieval Welsh by analysing the various functions of dreams in different types of texts in relation to the narratives and genres. Chapter 1 lays out the conceptual and methodological framework necessary for analyses in the subsequent chapters, and maps out the European context of medieval Welsh dream literature. Chapters 2 examines dreams in medieval Welsh prose, including the two ‘breuddwyd’ texts of the Mabinogion and three texts belonging to the genre of areithiau pros. Chapter 3 examines dreams in medieval Welsh secular poetry. Chapter 4 examines dreams in medieval Welsh religious writings, including hagiographies and anti-hagiographies, apocalyptic and mystic visions. Finally, a conclusion summarises the roles that dreams play in different textual contexts within the field of medieval Welsh literature, and in which I argue that ‘breuddwyd’ does not constitue a specific genre; instead, working within the various contexts and genres in which Welsh texts containing dreams are situated, the dreams play an essential and dynamic part in the formation of the plot, world-building, liminality, as well as have the capacity for revealing many interesting features of the text.
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