Manuscripts

London, British Library, MS Harley 4353 Cyfraith Hywel (Cyfnerth redaction)

  • Welsh
  • s. xiv1
  • Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum
Welsh lawbook, siglum V of the Cyfnerth redaction.
Identifiers
Location
Collection: Harley manuscripts
Shelfmark
Harley 4353
Type
medieval Welsh law
Provenance and related aspects
Language
Welsh
Date
s. xiv1
First half of the 14th century (Marged Haycock).(1)n. 1 Morfydd E. Owen, ‘The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 426, citing Marged Haycock, Llyfr Taliesin: astudiaethau ar rai agweddau (1983): 5–7.
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Hand X86

Written in the hand of an anonymous scribe, designated ‘X86’ by Daniel Huws and sometimes known as the Book of Taliesin scribe, after one of the best known manuscripts in which the same hand is attested. See, for instance, Morfydd E. Owen, ‘The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 426.

Book of Taliesin scribeBook of Taliesin scribe
(fl. first half of the 14th century)
An anonymous scribe whose hand, designated ‘X86’ by Daniel Huws, has been identified in five Welsh manuscripts, of which the Book of Taliesin (Peniarth 2) may be the best known. Others are Peniarth 6 part 4 (Gereint), NLW MS 3036B (Brut y brenhinedd), and BL Cotton Cleopatra MS A xiv and Harley MS 4353 (both containing copies of the Cyfnerth recension of Cyfraith Hywel). It is not possible to pinpoint any particular monastic house with certainty, but he seems to have been active in the general area of southeast- or mid-Wales.
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Codicological information
Material
vellum
Table of contents
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Sources

Notes

Morfydd E. Owen, ‘The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth’ in The Welsh king and his court... (2000): 426, citing Marged Haycock, Llyfr Taliesin: astudiaethau ar rai agweddau (1983): 5–7.

Secondary sources (select)

Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts [in the British Library], Online: British Library. URL: <https://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts>.
Owen, Morfydd E., “The Laws of Court from Cyfnerth”, in: Charles-Edwards, T. M., Morfydd E. Owen, and Paul Russell (eds.), The Welsh king and his court, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. 425–477.

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November 2010, last updated: July 2022