The Red Book of Hergest

The Red Book of Hergest

Anon.

c.1380–1410

Wales

Manuscript

One of the most important books written in Welsh, this manuscript is a weighty compilation of chronicles, mythology, romances and court poetry, including a Welsh version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain. On display is the start of Owain, or Iarlles y Fyynnawn (The Lady of the Fountain), an Arthurian romance forming part of the Mabinogion. Versions also survive in French (Yvain, by Chrétien de Troyes), and Middle English (Ywayne and Gawayne). In the story, Owain breaks a promise to his new wife, goes mad with remorse, and eventually rebuilds his life with the loyal help of a lion.

Supporting Media

Extract from the opening of The Red Book of Hergest. Read by Prof Thomas Charles-Edwards in the original Welsh.

Comments

29/10/2017

Howard Wilkins

In researching my family history, I discovered that it was a distant relation of my family line that donated this book to Jesus College in 1701. he was The Reverend Thomas Wilkins A note in column 1371 of the manuscript attests that it was given to Jesus College, Oxford on February 17, 1701 by the Reverend Thomas Wilkins the younger of Llanblethian, the son of Thomas Wilkins the elder. A note in the hand of Thomas Wilkins now bound at the beginning of the manuscript states that the manuscript was sent out to be bound by Edward Lhuyd, and not returned to the college for the next 13 years.

22/07/2017

Christopher

Just wanted to let you know that I was working hard to get a good picture of that.

02/05/2012

Andre Luiz Piscirilli Ramos

Greetings!

I am writing a article about King Arthur, Holly Grail, and i woud like to know if is possible Oxforf help me sending-me all of this subjects. I'am trying to define if the King Arthur really was true or just a legend. That's why i need your corroborate. Here in Brasil, the Oxford University is a strong reference of knowledge.

Thank you very much.

02/05/2012

André Luiz Piscirilli Ramos

Saudações!

Sou brasileiro, estou escrevendo um artigo sobre Parsival. Gostaria de saber se a Oxford poderia me enviar todo material disponível sobre o Rei Arthur, Percival, Amfortas e O Santo Graal.

Antecipadamente agradeço a cooperação.

15/02/2012

cool girl

read the lady of van lake

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