Texts

Historia Brittonum

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Manuscript witnesses

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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 101 
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Leiden, University Library, MS BPL 20 
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London, British Library, MS Additional 11702 
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London, British Library, MS Cotton Caligula A viii 
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London, British Library, MS Cotton Vespasian B xxv 
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London, British Library, MS Cotton Vespasian D xxi 
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London, British Library, MS Harley 3859 
On ff. 190r-195r, the Annales Cambriae (A-text) and the so-called Harleian genealogies are interpolated.
ff. 174v–190r, 195r–198r  
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London, British Library, MS Harley 3859 
Chapters 1-66 (without the prologue ascribed to Nennius). Earliest version of this text.
f. 174v–f. 190r
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f. 195r–f. 198r
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London, British Library, MS Royal 13 B vii 
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 163 
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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 8048 
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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 11108 
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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Reg. lat. 1164 

Sources

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.

[ed.] [tr.] Morris, John [ed. and tr.], Nennius. British history and the Welsh annals, History from the Sources: Arthurian Period Sources, 8, London: Phillimore, 1980.
[ed.] Dumville, David N. [ed.], The Historia Brittonum, vol. 3: The ‘Vatican’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1985.
Dumville, David N., The Historia Brittonum, vol. 2: The ‘Chartres’ recension, Cambridge: Brewer, 1988.

Secondary sources (select)

Dumville, David N., “The historical value of the Historia Brittonum”, Arthurian Literature 6 (1986): 1–26.
Dumville, David N., “On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum”, Welsh History Review 8:3 (June 1977, 1976–1977): 345–354.
Dumville, David N., “II: On the north British section of the Historia Brittonum”, in: David N. Dumville, Histories and pseudo-histories of the insular Middle Ages, 316, Aldershot: Variorum, 1990. 345–354.
Reprint
Dumville, David N., “St Patrick in the Historia Brittonum: three texts”, in: David N. Dumville, and Lesley Abrams (eds), Saint Patrick, AD 493–1993, 13, Woodbridge: Boydell, 1993. 221–232.
Dumville, David N., “Historia Brittonum: an insular history from the Carolingian age”, in: Anton Scharer, and Georg Scheibelreiter [eds.], Historiographie im frühen Mittelalter, 32, Vienna: Oldenbourg, 1994. 406–434.
Toorians, Lauran, “Over Angelen en Britten. Moreel kwaad als ‘politieke erfzonde’”, in: Cors van der Burg, and Lourens Minnema (eds), In de ban van het kwaad. Het kwaad in religieuze verhalen wereldwijd, Zoetermeer, 2004. 258–269.  
Includes a translation of Historia Brittonum, chapters 36-42 and 47-48.
Also offers several passages in (Dutch) translation.